Styles of Hearing Aids
The smallest invisible hearing aids available are Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) hearing aids, which are best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. It is so compact that it doesn’t have room for additional loudspeakers or processing power because it sits deep inside the ear.
Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are also small in size, and they differ from other options because they are individually fitted to the inside of the ear canal to amplify sounds in those with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are comfortable & simple to use since they reside in the lower region of the outer ear bowl. They have somewhat longer battery life & can accommodate a wider spectrum of hearing deficits because they’re significantly larger than IIC & CIC models.
In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids sit on the extreme edge of the ear canal. They’re constructed with a unique mould to fit the contour of the ear, and they have a twin microphone design that boosts sound quality and amplification capability. They’re best for people who have moderate to severe hearing loss.
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids design sits behind the ear and delivers sound directly into the ear canal. This is because the receiver is outside of the hearing aid instead of within the ear canal. A ‘receiver wire,’ which houses an electrical cord, connects the hearing aid with the receiver.
A Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is worn behind the ear and hooks over the top. The hearing aid is connected to a personalised earpiece called an ear mould that fits in your ear canal via a tube. This type of hearing aid is suitable for persons of all ages and with virtually any type of hearing loss.