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Invisible in the Canal - IIC

Fits deep in your ear canal and in most cases is invisible once placed in the ear

Picks up virtually NO wind noise

Allows the wearer a better perception of the direction of sound

Is slightly more susceptible to wax or oil from the ear

Generally has no extra or special features due to size limitations

Uses a very small battery with short battery life


Completely in the canal - CIC

Molded to fit inside your ear canal. It improves mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

One of the smallest and least visible type

Is less likely to pick up wind noise

Uses very small batteries, which have shorter life and can be difficult to handle

Doesn't contain extra features, such as volume control or a directional microphone

Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker


In the canal - ITC

An in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal. This style can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

An in-the-canal hearing aid:

Is less visible in the ear than larger styles

Includes features that won't fit on completely-in-the-canal aids, but may be difficult to adjust due to its small size

Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker


In the ear - ITE

An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is custom made in two styles — one that fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear (full shell) and one that fills only the lower part (half shell). Both are helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.

An in-the-ear hearing aid:

Includes features that don't fit on smaller style hearing aids, such as a volume control

May be easier to handle

Uses a larger battery for longer battery life

Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker

May pick up more wind noise than smaller devices

Is more visible in the ear than smaller devices


Behind the ear - BTE

A behind-the-ear hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an earmold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.

Traditionally has been the largest type of hearing aid, though some newer mini designs are streamlined and barely visible

Is capable of more amplification than are other styles

May pick up more wind noise than other styles


Receiver-In-Canal - RIC: (pronounced Rick)

The receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) styles are similar to a behind-the-ear hearing aid with the speaker or receiver in the canal or in the ear. A tiny wire, rather than tubing, connects the pieces.

Has a less visible behind-the-ear portion

Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker

An open-fit hearing aid is a variation of the RIC hearing aid keeps the ear canal very open, allowing for low-frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally and for high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid. This makes the style a good choice for people with mild to moderate hearing loss

Doesn't plug the ear like the small in-the-canal hearing aids do, making your own voice sound better to you

May be more difficult to handle and adjust due to small parts