Hearing Aid Styles

For many, the selection of the right hearing aid can be a bit overwhelming. Questions arise such as: Will the device work? Is it worth it’s expense? How do I know the correct style for me? Fortunately, we are here to help you answer all of those daunting questions. To help you begin the process, the following information gives you a glimpse into all of our hearing aid styles that are available for you.

Every single patient is unique. Because of this fact, there are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to the hearing aid fit, including:

  • Degree of hearing loss + power requirements
  • Physical abilities (dexterity, vision)
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetic preferences
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Medical considerations

After taking into consideration the above factors, we can then find the correct hearing aid for you! Within the different categories of hearing aids, there are many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Because of this, hearing aid wearers have a large amount of options that can fit their wants, budget, and lifestyle.

Let’s take a deeper look.

Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Completely unseen in most ears
  • Custom fitting and make for you

Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC)

  • For mild to moderate/sever hearing loss
  • Leaves the ear open
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

  • For almost all types of hearing loss
  • Custom earpiece molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise

In-The-Canal (ITC)

  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Fits in the ear canal
  • Variety of technology level choices that previously required a larger aid

Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease

Full Shell In-The-Ear

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease

The in-the-ear hearing aids are typically custom-fit and are available in different skin tones. With the in-the-ear hearing aids design being smaller, most are built for mild to moderate hearing with fewer customization needs.

The behind-the-ear hearing aids sit behind or on top of the outer ear. There is also a connection of tubing that routes down into the ear. These are available in different skin tone colors as well. Also, for those who love pattern and colors, this design offers that option as well. While there are exceptions, as a general rule, a larger size of hearing aid leaves more room for customization and additional features.

The best approach for selecting the right hearing aid for you or a loved one is by visiting Fullerton Hearing Center. We are ready to help you navigate your options!