Hearing Aid Styles
Completely in the Canal (CIC)
Designed for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss as well as those with severe high frequency sensorineural hearing loss, the shell of the hearing aid fits entirely within the canal thereby making it virtually invisible. They are custom fit to the wearer's ear canal size and place the technology of the hearing aid next to the eardrum. CICs are very small and therefore are not recommended for individuals with reduced dexterity.
In the Canal (ITC)
Designed for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, the shell of the hearing aid fits paritally within the ear canal making the style somewhat discrete but more visible than completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.
Designed for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss, this type of hearing aid is better suited for individuals with dexterity problems as the size of the hearing aid and battery are much larger than those that fit within the ear canal.
Power Behind-The-Ear (Power BTE)
An extremely versatile style of hearing aid, the power BTE is designed for all types of hearing losses and is also cosmetically appealing because it sits behind the ear with a small tube that enters the ear canal much like an open fit hearing aid. They are also large enough to accomodate individuals with dexterity problems.
Open-Fit Behind-The-Ear (Open BTE)
Designed for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss, the type of hearing aid is designed with invisibilty and power in mind. All of the electronics are housed in a compartment that sits behind the ear and a nearly invisible tube is placed within the ear canal to transmit sound to the eardrum