6 Key Hearing Aid Styles To Know

2020-03-22 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

6 hearing aid styles to know by Arnold Hearing Centres

In-the-ear. Behind-the-ear. Receiver-in-the-canal. Completely-in-the-canal.

Today’s hearing aids not only offer wireless connectivity, directionality, near invisibility, and clearer sound than ever before, but they also come in a wider variety of styles to match your communication needs.

Good thing, too, because hearing loss affects an estimated 466 million people and counting, making customizable hearing technology an important part of helping the global community connect.

What are the main hearing aid styles? Read on for a quick primer to help you stay in the know.

In-The-Canal

This type of hearing aid fits entirely in the ear canal, making it a discreet option that also won’t get in the way of your glasses, hats, or other headwear.

It’s available for many types of hearing loss and can be custom-molded to your unique ear shape, ensuring it stays put even when you’re on the move.

Individuals with all types of treatable hearing loss can benefit from this style, which includes the capacity to customize external controls to fit your needs.

ITC hearing aid style
ITE hearing aid style

In-The-Ear

Rather than sitting deep within the ear canal, this hearing aid type sits in your ear canal and part of your external ear.

It’s the easiest style to remove, and it can help a diverse range of people thanks to the combination of size, customizable switches, and color options.

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Receiver-In-The-Canal

With a lightweight feel and flexible fit, this style — also called “receiver-in-the-ear” or “receiver-in-the-aid” — is the most popular.

The microphone, amplifier, processor, and battery all sit in a small case that rests behind the ear, delivering sound to the inner ear via a tiny speaker that stays in the ear canal.

RIE hearing aid style
BTE hearing aid style

Behind-The-Ear

This style houses the speaker and microphone inside a shell that sits snugly on the ear while sound travels into the ear canal via acoustic tubing.

The device may also have another part to maintain its ear position.

It’s one of the most easily adjusted styles, with simple switches to quickly control volume and program settings that better match changes to your surroundings.

Invisible-In-The-Canal

This type of hearing aid offers virtual invisibility and clarity in a tiny device that sits even deeper in the ear canal.

Its deep placement makes it less susceptible to wind noise, and its self-contained functioning eliminates the need for manual adjustment.

It accommodates many degrees of hearing loss.

IIC hearing aid style
CIC hearing aid style

Completely-In-The-Canal

These devices don’t sit quite as deeply in the ear canal as their invisible-in-the-canal counterparts, but they’re among the least visible types, and they provide clear sound.

In addition, they come equipped with external switches for more control over your hearing, and they’re Bluetooth compatible.

Which Hearing Aid Style Is Right For You?

It depends on factors such as your hearing range and listening lifestyle. Our hearing care experts can assess your hearing level and work with you to determine the best solution for your individual communication needs.

So don’t wait. If you’re having hearing difficulty, contact our team for a consultation today. We’re here to help!

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Chris Arnold - Owner & HIS

Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Chris went to Durham and George Brown College. As the owner of Arnold Hearing Centres, he manages all locations, as well as handles all the marketing, reporting, meetings, and makes sure that both the staff and patients have a positive experience. Ultimately, there is a lot of pressure on Chris to ensure he delivers results year after year, but he credits the clinic’s success down to the amazing staff that has now become family. Truly, he enjoys working alongside everyone each day.

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