Hearing Aid Styles
BTE instruments have a plastic casing that rests behind the ear and houses the device’s technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmold inside the ear canal. Behind-the-ear instruments are often the most durable hearing devices, a few are even waterproof. Compared to smaller, in-the-ear instruments, they hold more circuitry and offer greater amplification.
With soft, flexible earbuds and an extra-small casing, our on-the-ear model is light and comfortable. It’s a perfect solution for first-time wearers and patients with moderate hearing loss.
Smaller, in-the-ear instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmold that fits within the outer portion of the ear. The easy-to-use controls are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmold that fits down into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear.
The newest generation of hearing instruments, these devices fit completely in the canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line-with which you insert or remove the instrument shows above the canal. Although CIC devices offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals ears (e.g. those with a very narrow canal) may make this style unsuitable for them.