Hearing Aid Styles

All manufacturers have a similar range of hearing aid styles, from those worn on your ear to styles that fit inside your ear.  Differences between manufacturers are size of the device and colour options available across the models.

The audiologist will advise you on a style based on combination of personal preference, along with the best style suited to your hearing loss and ear canal shape and size.

Which Style of Hearing Aid is Right For you

II-aid

IIC – Invisible in Canal

  • Very discrete
  • Fits deeper within ear canal
  • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
  • Custom moulded
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CIC-aid

CIC – Completely in Canal

  • Sits in the ear canal, some discretion
  • Suitable for mild to moderate loss
  • Custom moulded
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ITE-aid

ITE/ITC – In the Ear

  • Sits in outer ear
  • Host extra features due to larger size
  • Custom moulded
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RIC-aid

RIC – Receiver in the Ear

  • Worn behind the ear, most common style
  • Near invisible when worn
  • Provides for most natural sound
  • Suitable for all hearing loss levels
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BTE-aid

BTE – Behind the Ear

  • Worn behind the ear
  • Larger device to help with limited dexterity
  • Suitable for all hearing loss levels, incl profound
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