Hearing Aid Styles


Hearing Aid Styles

From larger devices that are easier to handle, to tiny, invisible, or nearly invisible devices that are concealed within the ear canal, Audiology Associates has options sure to meet your hearing or cosmetic needs.

All hearing aids consist of three basic components: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker (also called the “receiver”). Where these are placed on the device varies by style, as does the internal circuitry that determines the sound quality and critical sound-processing features — like background noise reduction or spatial mapping (a feature that helps you to better understand the source of sound). Keep in mind that not all styles are suitable for all degrees of hearing loss.

Choosing the right hearing aid depends of the type of lifestyle that you live. Click here to see what lifestyle you fit into: Hearing Aid Comparison.
 

Invisible-In-The-Canal Hearing AidInvisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Completely invisible in most ears
  • Custom-made for you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receiver-In-The-Canal Hearing AidReceiver-In-The-Canal (RIC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Leaves the ear open
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind-The-Ear Hearing AidBehind-The-Ear (BTE)

  • Appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss
  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing AidCompletely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-The-Canal Hearing AidIn-The-Canal (ITC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Fits in the ear canal
  • Variety of technology level choices that previously required a larger aid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Shell In-The-Ear Hearing AidHalf Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Shell In-The-Ear Hearing AidFull Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease