Styles of hearing aid

People have different opinions about which are the best looking hearing aids, or which have the best sound quality. In order to meet your individual needs best, The Hearing Care Centre offers every style of hearing aid from every major manufacturer. Whether you’d like a hearing aid that sits discreetly over your ear, one that sits invisibly inside, or one that is larger and easier to handle, we can help. 

Here are some of the leading hearing aid styles available:

Receiver in the Ear (RIC)

Receiver in the Ear (RIC)

Also called a Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE), this style has two parts: the sound processor and the receiver. The sound processor is enclosed in a small unnoticeable housing that sits behind your ear. A wire inside a clear narrow tube follows the ear and leads to a small ear soft ear dome that holds the receiver that fits directly into your ear canal.

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

The smallest in custom style solutions today, IIC hearing aids sit deep and invisibly in the ear canal. They are individually crafted to mimic the anatomy and curvature of your ear canal for a perfect, comfortable fit. Providing absolute discretion, this style is specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely in the Canal (CIC)

Completely in the Canal (CIC)
One of the smallest custom style hearing aids, the CIC style fits deep in the ear canal. They are recommended for mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal with their discreet feature of being almost invisible when worn.

In the Canal (ITC)

In the Canal (ITC)

The ITC hearing aid style sits in the lower section of your outer ear making them comfortable, quick, easy to insert and remove from your ear and far easier to handle. Because they are slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life and can be recommended to fit mild, moderate and severe hearing losses.

In the Ear (ITE)

In the Ear (ITE)
Full shell models sit flat in the outer ear. Their size can allow the option for additional controls and features such as directional microphones, program switches and volume control. They use a larger battery size, generally have much more power and can be recommended for people who have a mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind the Ear (BTE)

Behind the Ear (BTE)

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind the ear. Specialist tubing secured to the hearing aid allows sounds to travel down into the ear via a custom ear mould. This style has the most powerful circuitry therefore assisting those with a profound to severe hearing loss.