Hearing aids are available in a range of styles. The audiologists at D’Aurora Hearing & Audiology will help you determine which hearing aid styles make the most sense with your loss, listening environments and budget. During your appointment, our audiologists will explain the advantages and benefits associated with each hearing aid style suitable for your hearing loss and lifestyle.
At D’Aurora Hearing & Audiology, many of the hearing aids offered can be paired with wireless devices in order to improve your hearing experience while watching TV, talking on the phone, or attending meetings. These devices can also enhance your hearing while riding in a car or dining out with friends.
There are a wide selection of hearing aids to suit your needs:
- Behind the ear
- Completely in the canal
- Full Shell In-the-Ear
- Half Shell In-the-Ear
- Invisible hearing aids
- Receiver in the canal
Creating ease and convenience with wireless technology
With wireless and Bluetooth technology, hearing aids can be paired to receive telephone calls directly from cell phones or land lines and directly stream television and music. With the simple press of a button, you can be connected to your favorite entertainment and your friends and family.
Hearing Aid Styles
The hearing aid industry offers patients more options than ever before, yet all devices find themselves in one of two categories: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE). Keep reading to learn about these styles and discover which design might work best for you.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
Sitting behind or on top of the outer ear, a BTE design utilizes a tube that connects to an ear mold or tip inside of your ear canal. With the widest selection of colors, sizes, features, degrees of power, and battery types, BTE’s are so small that they are often unnoticeable to others. Some of the various BTE styles include:
The smallest BTE option on the market, a Mini BTE creates a natural hearing experience through a soft tip at the end of its tubing. This encourages airflow and sound to enter into the ear along with amplified sounds.
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or Receiver-in-canal (RIC):
A speaker built into the ear tip instead of the body of the device is what makes RITE hearing aids different. Their size is like that of a Mini BTE and they are nearly invisible to others. Mini RITE’s are also an option.
BTEs with Earmolds
Patients can enjoy more features and a longer battery life with a BTE with Earmold. It uses a custom-shaped earmold at the tip of its tubing, directing sound straight to the ear canal. These devices are slightly larger and use a shape that follows the contour of your ear.
In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Instead of resting behind the ear, ITE hearing aids sit inside of the ear using an impression for a custom fit. We offer many types of ITE styles including:
Completely in-the-canal (CIC):
These devices are slightly larger than the IIC yet are still quite discreet. CIC hearing aids fit inside of your ear canal in a shallower fashion than other styles.
In-the-canal (ITC) or Half Shell:
Patients looking for features like volume control, directional microphones, and a larger battery will benefit from an ITC device. These typically sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl and are slightly larger than a CIC.
In-the-ear (ITE) or Full Shell:
Best for individuals with more severe hearing loss, an ITE device fills the entire outer bowl of the ear. Patients can enjoy advanced features like volume controls and longer battery life due to their larger size.