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Hearing Aid Options provided by DeafHear’s Hearing Aid Service Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) Hearing Aid Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aid In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid In-the-Canal (ITC) or Half-Shell (HS) Hearing Aid Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aid

Types of Hearing Aids...
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Hearing aids come in a wide range of styles and features. There are many factors your audiologist will discuss with you before recommending a particular type of hearing aid for you.

The audiologist will take into account your preferences for the fit and style of hearing aid you prefer, but will also discuss your hearing requirements and lifestyle before recommending a particular hearing aid style that is best suited to your needs.

The following is a brief description of the different hearing aid styles.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing AidThe technology is housed in a casing that sits behind your ear. A clear plastic acoustical tube directs sound into a customised earmould that is fitted inside the ear canal. Most manufacturers offer a mini BTE or a Power BTE which may be more appropriate depending on your hearing loss and requirements.

Suitable for people with moderate-to-severe hearing loss

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) Hearing Aid

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) Hearing AidThis custom-fitted style is inserted further down the ear canal than other styles, so it’s virtually invisible when worn. IIC hearing instruments are designed so that they can be removed daily to promote good ear health.

Suitable for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing AidThe Receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aid is designed with the receiver/speaker inside the ear canal. Barely visible when worn, thin electrical wires are used (instead of a plastic tube) attached to small domes or custom made ear tips. RIC hearing aids provide a comfortable, open fit which are fantastic for many different hearing losses.

Suitable for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss

In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing AidAll the components of the ITE hearing aid are housed in a made-to-measure ear fitting that sits within the outer portion of the ear canal.

Suitable for people with mild-to-severe hearing loss


In-the-Canal (ITC) or Half-Shell (HS) Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing AidFeatures a made-to-measure earmould that fits further down into the ear canal. It has a smaller more discreet profile and shape than the ITE hearing aid.

Suitable for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss


Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aid

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) Hearing AidCompletely in the canal hearing aids are made to measure to fit completely in the ear canal. Only the tip of a small plastic "handle" shows outside the canal, which is used to insert and remove the instrument.

Suitable for people with mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss

A range of technology and features can be housed within these various hearing aid styles to manage your hearing loss. Today’s hearing aids offer many kinds of advanced programmable and digital processing features to enhance the listening experience in different environments improving your quality of life further.

You can also download DeafHear’s guide to ‘Guide to Buying Hearing Aids’ by clicking here   Read More...

Your audiologist will show you the various styles,
explain how the technology works, and
recommend the various combinations that best suits your needs.