Hearing Aid Styles Information & Guide
Thinking about getting a hearing aid? It is worth knowing a bit about each different style of hearing aid that you can choose from. There are several different styles of hearing aids each has their own design, purpose and they are made for people with most types of hearing loss.
Once, you have a full assessment of your hearing our audiologists can guide you in the direction of which hearing aid styles would work best for you.
Types of Hearing Aid Styles
There are many different styles of hearing aids each with their own look and can assist people with particular needs. Once, we know more about your hearing loss and lifestyle, we can recommend the styles of hearing aids that would suit you best.
These are some of the styles of hearing aids available:
Behind the Ear (BTE)
Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most familiar and traditionally the most powerful hearing aid. They rest on the back part of the outer ear and are housed in a durable case. They are suitable for the widest range of hearing loss which includes those with profound hearing loss.
Receiver in the Ear (RITE)
Receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing aids are similar to the RIC hearing aid style. However, the receiver sits just outside of the ear on the hollow next to the canal instead of being inside it. They are suitable for people with more severe hearing loss who are looking for a more discreet option than the BTE style.
Completely in Canal (CIC)
Completely in Canal (CIC) hearing aids are worn in the ear canal which makes them almost invisible from the outside of the ear. They are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Receiver in Canal (RIC)
Receiver in canal (RIC) hearing aids are smaller than the BTE and still has a part of the hearing aid that sits behind the outer ear. There is a small clear tube that extends from the body of the hearing aid into the ear canal and the tube contains the receiver or loudspeaker part of the hearing aid. They are suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE)
In the Ear (ITE) hearing aids fit just inside of the ear and are fit to the shape of your ear. The hearing aid houses all of the components inside the small shell and the volume can be adjusted by a remote control or smartphone. They are suitable for most levels of hearing loss.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
Invisible in Canal (IIC) hearing aids are worn deep in the ear canal making them completely discreet and they are the smallest type of hearing aid available. They are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
CROS Hearing Aids
CROS hearing aids are different from the other styles of hearing aids mentioned as it doesn’t have it’s own size or shape, but a specific function that is different from the others. They are meant for people who are deaf in one ear, but have normal hearing in the other ear. The CROS hearing aid goes in your deaf ear and picks up sound from your surroundings that gets transmitted over to a hearing aid on your other ear.
BiCROS hearing aids are similar, but meant for people who are deaf in one ear and have some hearing loss in the other ear. In this case, the one CROS hearing aid feeds another hearing aid on your other side, which itself is used to receive and amplify sound for that ear.
BiCROS hearing aids are similar, but meant for people whose other ear does have some hearing loss. In this case, the one CROS hearing aid feeds another hearing aid on your other side, which itself is used to receive and amplify sound for that ear.
Both CROS and BiCROS hearing aids are available in both In-The-Ear (ITE) and Behind-The-Ear (BTE) styles.