Hearing aids styles can be broken down into two general categories, In-The-Ear (ITE) and Behind-The-Ear (BTE). Each category comes in a variety of styles and sizes.
In The Ear Styles
Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)/Completely In-the-Canal (CIC)
Custom molded to fit deeply within the ear canal.
Invisible to those around you.
Smallest, least visible type of hearing devices.
Adjusts to your environment.
Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise.
For people with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.
Fits in the ear canal and opening (aperture).
Smallest size available with directional microphone technology for hearing better in noise.
Smallest size available with MFi technology (made for iPhone/iPod/iPad).
For people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)/Full Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)
Custom molded and fits directly into external ear.
Inserted and adjusted with easier.
Better battery life.
For people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind The Ear Styles
For mild to moderately-severe hearing loss, ear canal can often be left open.
Little to no “plugged up” feeling/sensation.
Very discreet. Barely or not visible.
For mild to profound hearing loss.
Standard/Traditional Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
Fits behind the ear.
earpiece (sold separately) is custom molded to fit your outer ear.
Appropriate for all types/degrees of hearing loss.
Most resilient style of hearing aid.
Appropriate for people of all ages.