Completely in Canal – CIC
The most discreet hearing aids available, the entire hearing aid sits inside your ear canal, making it all but invisible. They use custom-made moulds of the inside of your ear, making them extremely comfortable and secure. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Canal – ITC
Slightly larger than a CIC hearing aid, they are only visible to others looking at you from the side and are matched to your skin tone to help them blend in. A custom-made mould is used so the ITCs are extremely comfortable and secure. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear – ITE
These hearing aids sit in the shell of the ear rather than the canal. They come in colours that blend in with your natural skin tone, and use a custom-made mould giving greater comfort and security. They are best suited to people with a mild to moderate hearing loss.
Receiver in the Canal – RIC
One of the most popular styles, they are small, discreet and come in a range of designs and colours, including ones that can match your skin tone. The body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear, while the speaker sits in the ear canal, making for a smoother, sharper, more natural sound. They are suitable for all levels of hearing loss, from mild to severe
These hearing aids go behind the ear but they are a significant improvement on the old NHS style BTE aid.
There is no-longer a tube that goes from the hearing aid to the ear. This has been replaced with a thin electrical wire as the loud speaker (otherwise termed ‘Receiver’) is placed in the Patient’s ear canal.
The result is a much improved sound quality and a better listening experience.
Behind the ear – BTE
The best known style of hearing aid, they sit behind the ear. The sound is transmitted down a tube that connects to a custom-made mould inside the ear.
This design means it can provide a lot of power and handles moderate to severe hearing losses with ease, and is even suitable for people with a profound hearing loss.