Here is a brief summary of the most popular types
and styles of hearing aids available today:
Micro-canals are so small as to be virtually invisible in
the ear and the sound quality is very good. They can only be worn by people whose ear
canals are large enough to accommodate them and
people with any dexerity or vision
problems should not consider MC's.
Completely-in-the-Canal instruments (CIC)
2010, CICs were the smallest regular-wear hearing aids. They can only be worn by people whose ear
canals are large enough to accommodate them. The
very small battery requires good manual dexterity.
CICs are not suitable for severe hearing losses.
In-the-Canal instruments (ITC)
A little bigger than the CIC, ITC instruments also
fit far into the ear canal. They use a slightly
larger battery than the CIC style. This style is
ideal for mild to moderate hearing losses.
In-the-Ear instruments (ITE)
These instruments can be used for a wider range of
hearing losses. Due to their larger size, ITEs can
accommodate larger sound amplifiers and more
features such as a telephone switch. Their size also
makes them easier to handle.
Behind-the-Ear instruments (BTE)
BTE's are generally more powerful than smaller
devices due to the stronger amplifier and larger
battery. They are also very robust – making them
perfect for children. They come in a wide range
of hair, skin-tone and fun colors. In BTE
instruments, the electronics sit behind the ear and
the sound is directed through a tube into the ear
Receiver-in-the-Ear instruments (RITE)
In RITE instruments, the receiver
sits comfortably inside the ear
canal rather than in the case behind
the ear. This receiver is built into
a soft and open dome or into a micro