There are several styles of hearing aids available. In order to determine which option work best for you, you will need to determine your individual needs and preferences. Having an expert at your side during the hearing aid selection process is the only way to ensure you choose the right pair.
Receiver In The Ear (RITE)
RITE instruments have a casing, which sits behind the ear. It is connected by a thin wire to a speaker in the ear canal. This receiver is held in place by a soft dome. This hearing aid style is popular because it provides superior cosmetics, comfort and clarity of sound.
A variation of the BTE, open fit devices provide advanced amplification paired with unprecedented comfort. The electronic components and controls are housed in a small case that sits behind the ear. A clear, thin tube goes over the ear and directs sound into soft domes that sits in the ear canal.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
BTE devices consist of two parts: a custom earmold that sits deep in the canal and a casing, which is worn behind the ear and houses all the electronic components. These parts are connected with a tiny, clear acoustical tube. BTE devices are available in many colors, from a variety of skin and hair tones to many vibrant, fun options popular with children. Depending on the color chosen, BTE instruments can be barely visible or highly visible. They are often used in tandem with assistive listening devices.
Completely In the Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids, including Invisible in the Canal (IIC) styles, are the smallest devices currently available. They fit entirely within the ear canal and are cosmetically appealing because they are nearly impossible for others to detect
In The Canal (ITC)
Slightly larger than the CIC, this style sits partially in the ear canal and partially in the lower bowl or concha of the outer ear. The battery size is slightly larger than that of the CIC, making them easier to change and longer lasting. ITC hearing aids can often accommodate a greater array of features due to their larger size.
In The Ear (ITE)
Filling up the entire bowl of the ear, this style offers more power and a larger battery. Due to larger size, handling and manipulation is easy.