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The Different Styles of Hearing Aids
Invisible In The Canal (IIC)
IIC instruments fit past the second bend of the ear canal so they’re virtually invisible. They are the smallest customized devices available and are designed specifically for mild to moderate hearing loss.
Completely In The Canal (CIC)
CIC instruments fit deeply within the ear canal. They are suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses and offer a high cosmetic appeal because they’re practically invisible when worn.
In The Canal (ITC)
ITC instruments are comfortable and easy to wear. They are worn within the outer ear bowl. Their slightly larger size means they have a longer battery life. Additional features include directional microphones, which help in noisy environments, and several controls such as volume controls. They are good for mild to moderate hearing losses.
Full Shell Or In The Ear (ITE)
Full shell models offer much flexibility for the wearer, making them suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. They sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their larger size means they can offer the maximum number of controls and features including directional microphones, which require the space of the outer portion of the instrument. They require a larger battery size than the smaller types and because they can handle a larger receiver, they offer enough power for more severe levels of hearing loss.
Receiver In-Ear (RIC)
RIC models are mini BTEs. The speaker is incorporated in the ear tip, rather than the main body of the device. These are ideal for mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style resembles the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.
BTEs with Earmolds
BTEs with earmolds are ideal for mild to profound hearing losses. Their longer shape contours along the area behind the outer ear. Its many features include a program button and volume controls. The earmold and style, along with the wearer’s hairstyle, will determine how they’ll look on each wearer.