Hearing Aid Styles
Over the past few years, there have been remarkable advancements in hearing aid technology. At the Alison Burks Clinic of Hearing, Inc., we are dedicated to partnering exclusively with the industry’s top brands, guaranteeing access to high-quality, comfortable, and affordable devices. With the hearing aid industry offering a wider range of options than ever before, it is important to note that all devices can be classified into two main categories: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE).
Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are designed to be worn either behind or on top of the outer ear, utilizing a tube that connects to an ear mold or tip placed inside your ear canal. BTE hearing aids offer a wide range of customization options, including a variety of colors, sizes, features, degrees of power, and battery types. Despite their small size, these BTE devices are often inconspicuous to others, making them a discreet choice. Let’s explore some of the different BTE styles available:
The Mini Behind-the-Ear (BTE) device is the most compact option available in the market, designed to provide a natural hearing experience. It features a soft tip at the end of its tubing, which not only facilitates airflow but also allows amplified sounds to enter the ear. This combination ensures optimal sound quality and comfort for the user.
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or Receiver-in-canal (RIC)
RITE hearing aids stand out from the rest due to their unique design, incorporating a speaker built into the ear tip rather than in the body of the device. This innovative approach allows for a more discreet appearance, as they are nearly invisible to others. Similar in size to Mini BTE hearing aids, the RITE style offers a compact and inconspicuous option for those seeking optimal comfort and performance.
BTE with Earmold
The BTE with Earmold offers patients an array of enhanced features and an extended battery life. This exceptional device incorporates a custom-shaped earmold that is positioned at the tip of its tubing, ensuring precise sound delivery directly to the ear canal. This design, which is slightly larger and contoured to match the natural shape of the ear, optimizes both comfort and performance. With the BTE with Earmold, users can experience an unparalleled level of auditory satisfaction.
In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Instead of being positioned behind the ear, In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to sit inside the ear canal, providing a customized fit based on an individual’s impression. At our facility, we provide a wide range of ITE styles to cater to different preferences and needs.
Invisible In-the-Canal (IIC)
Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) devices, designed to sit deeply within the ear canal, are the smallest hearing aids available in the market. Their compact size makes them virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Despite their discreet appearance, these devices offer exceptional functionality, allowing individuals with hearing impairments to experience improved sound quality and clarity. By being inconspicuous, IIC devices provide a convenient and effective solution for enhancing one's auditory experience discreetly.
Completely In-the-Canal (CIC)
The Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids, although slightly larger than the Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) devices, still offer a discreet and inconspicuous form factor. Specifically designed to fit inside your ear canal in a shallow manner, CIC hearing aids provide a comfortable and nearly invisible solution for those seeking discreet hearing assistance.
In-the-Canal (ITC) or Half Shell
Patients seeking advanced features such as volume control, directional microphones, and a larger battery capacity will find the In-the-Canal (ITC) device highly beneficial. These discreet devices are designed to fit comfortably in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, providing a seamless user experience. With a slightly larger form factor compared to Completely-in-Canal (CIC) devices, ITC devices cater to those who desire improved functionality without compromising on discretion.
In-the-Ear (ITE) or Full Shell
An In-The-Ear (ITE) device is recommended for individuals with more severe hearing loss. This device occupies the entire outer bowl of the ear, providing a comfortable fit. In addition to its larger size, the ITE device offers advanced features such as volume controls and a longer battery life. These features ensure a convenient and customized experience for patients seeking effective hearing solutions.