Hearing aid styles

There are four main styles of hearing aids, all of which can be adapted by the latest technology to meet your specific needs. Your clinician will help you decide which style is best for your hearing loss, ear shape and lifestyle. Here are some points to consider:

  • The degree and type of hearing loss you have
  • Vision, dexterity and handling abilities
  • How prone your ears are to wax build up, moisture and infections
  • How hidden you want the hearing aid to be
  • Your lifestyle and priorities
  • Your budget

 

Whichever style you choose, your clinician will use the latest technology and state-of-the-art fitting equipment to create a tailor-made solution for you. Learn more about each style below.

 

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Behind-the-Ear, or BTE hearing aids are a versatile hearing solution suitable for a wide range of heraing loss. The speaker for BTE hearing aids is housed in the case behind the ear, with a clear plastic tube connecting it to an ear mould in the ear canal. These hearing aids are often popular for their reliability and comfortable fit.

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Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

RIC hearing aids are discreet, lightweight and comfortable, giving you a more natural hearing experience. These hearing aids are made up of housing that sits behind the ear with the microphones and amplifier, connected via a small, nearly invisible wire to the receiver inside the canal. RIC hearing aids also come with a dome or a custom ear mould to fit comfortably within the ear canal, making them suitable for people with a wide range of hearing loss.

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Nearly Invisible Hearing Aids

Nearly Invisible (IIC)

Nearly invisible hearing aids, also known as Invisible-in-Canal (IIC), rest right inside the ear canal so no one will notice them. They are custom-made for your ears to fit perfectly, ensuring maximum comfort and a seamless hearing experience. Nearly invisibles are the smallest hearing aids available.

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In-the-ear hearing aids

In-the-Ear (ITE)

Custom in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made to fit the ear canal and come in a range of sizes and capabilities to fit your needs. There are different models available that vary in size. Larger models have a longer battery life and are easier to handle, while smaller versions are discreet and nearly invisible. These devices are comfortable and are ideal for those who don't want others to notice they are wearing a hearing aid.

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