There are several styles of hearing aids available, and you need to determine which option will work best for you personally. You should select the style of hearing aid you want based on your individual needs and preferences. Having an expert at your side during the hearing aid selection process is the only way to ensure you choose the right pair with confidence.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Receiver In The Ear (RITE)
RITE instruments have a casing, which sits behind the ear, connected by a thin wire to a speaker in the ear canal. This receiver is held in place by a soft dome. This hearing aid style is popular because it provides superior cosmetics, comfort and clarity of sound.
Completely In the Canal (CIC)
CIC hearing aids, including Invisible In the Canal (IIC) styles, are the smallest devices available today. These instruments fit entirely within the ear canal and are cosmetically appealing because they’re nearly impossible for others to detect. CIC and IIC hearing aids use the ear’s natural amplification abilities more effectively than larger devices. Their placement results in good sound localization and directionality despite these devices having fewer features than larger instruments. CIC and IIC hearing aids take a very small battery, so you will need good manual dexterity and eyesight to use them.
In The Canal (ITC)
Slightly larger than the CIC, this style sits in the ear canal and partially in the lower bowl or concha of the outer ear. Battery size is slightly larger than that of the CIC, making them easier to change and longer lasting. ITC hearing aids can often accommodate a greater array of features due to their larger size.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
BTE devices consist of two parts: a custom earmold that sits deep in the canal and a casing, which is worn behind the ear and houses all the electronic components. These parts connect with a tiny, clear acoustical tube. BTE devices are available in many colors, from a variety of skin and hair tones to many vibrant, “fun” options popular for children. Depending on the color chosen, BTE instruments can be barley visible or highly visible. They are often used in tandem with assistive listening devices.
Open fit devices provide advanced amplification paired with unprecedented comfort. Open fit is one of the most popular hearing aid styles for Spokane patients. The electronic components and controls are housed in a small case that sits behind the ear. A clear, thin tube goes over the ear and directs sound into soft domes worn in the ear canal. The unique fit of these devices amplifies high-frequency sounds while also allowing natural, easy-to-hear noises at lower pitches to enter the ear without amplification.