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Hearing Aid Styles

If you have been considering looking for hearing aids in the Charlotte area, you may not know that there are many options available. While many people know about the older Behind-The-Ear hearing aids, today there are many hearing aid styles to fit any lifestyle and hearing needs. To help you know what kind of options you may have, below are the various hearing aid styles with their potential pros and cons.

Full-Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

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The most powerful type of In-The-Ear hearing aids, the full-shell In-The-Ear (ITE) is custom-made to fit within the shell of your ear. With its greater size, this style of hearing aid is often appropriate for mild-to-severe levels of hearing loss and often can accommodate more useful technology such as feedback reduction, directional microphones, and more.

Pros:

  • Low-profile design
  • Longer battery life than other ITE-style hearing aids
  • Custom made for you
  • Easy to handle
  • Appropriate for mild-to-severe hearing loss

Cons:

  • Can make people feel plugged up
  • Fairly visible style of hearing aid

 

Half-Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

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Similar to the full-shell variant, the half-shell ITE hearing aids have many of the positives of the larger style while giving you a lower profile. This style of hearing aids can be a little tougher to position in your ear, as they are smaller but still rest outside the ear. When improperly inserted, the hearing aids can’t create a seal around the ear, which tends to lead to whistling feedback sounds.

  • Low-profile design
  • Longer battery life than other ITE-style hearing aids but can be shorter than full-shell
  • Custom made for you
  • Appropriate for mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss

Cons:

  • Can make people feel plugged up
  • Still fairly visible style of hearing aid
  • Can be tough to handle for those with dexterity issues

 

In-The-Canal (ITC)

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Generally positioned in the canal with some of the device protruding into the bowl of the ear, the In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing aid style is more discreet than the ITE hearing aids. With their smaller size, this style of hearing aids is consequently less powerful but can be appropriate for those with mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss.

Pros:

  • Custom made for you
  • Discreet size
  • Still has manual controls for volume, etc.
  • Usually appropriate for mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss

Cons:

  • Can be prone to moisture and earwax damage
  • Still a visible style of hearing aid
  • May cause feelings of being plugged up
  • Can be tough to handle for those with dexterity issues

 

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

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As you can see from our example, the Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aid style lives up to its name, and the main body of the device rests inside your ear canal. The faceplate may be visible to others, and there is a clear plastic stick to help you easily insert and remove this style of hearing aid.

Pros:

  • Barely visible style of hearing aid
  • Custom made for you
  • Appropriate for mild-to-moderate hearing loss

Cons:

  • Short battery life
  • Can be tough to handle for those with dexterity issues
  • Prone to damage from earwax and moisture
  • Generally, have no manual controls for volume or programs

 

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)

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Aptly named, the Invisible-In-Canal hearing aid style has the main body of the device placed deep within the ear canal, where only the plastic removal and insertion stick can barely be seen. These hearing aids are perfect for those who have minimal hearing loss and would prefer to keep their hearing needs private.

Pros:

  • Practically invisible style of hearing aid
  • Custom made for you
  • Appropriate for mild-to-moderate hearing loss

Cons:

  • Short battery life
  • Can be tough to handle for those with dexterity issues
  • Prone to damage from earwax and moisture
  • No manual controls for volume or programs

 

Reciever-In-The-Ear (RITE)

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Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) is also called Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) thanks to the fact that there is a small tube which extends from the main body of the hearing aid into the ear canal. The rest of the RITE is located behind the ear and often does not protrude over the top of the ear. There are also mini versions of this style of hearing aids (mini RITE), which may have different pros and cons, though they are often the same.

Pros:

  • Appropriate for mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss
  • Smaller than BTE style hearing aids
  • Repairs can often be done in our clinic office
  • Lessened feelings of being plugged up
  • More space for hearing technology
  • Easy to handle

Cons:

  • Visible style of hearing aids
  • Speaker in the ear canal can be prone to earwax and moisture damage

 

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

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Most commonly recognized style of hearing aid, the Behind-The-Ear style of hearing aids are large enough to contain hearing aid technology which can help with tinnitus, Bluetooth sync with smart devices, and many other helpful hearing tech advancements. The tube does not always end in an earmold, but this style is common with BTE hearing aids. There are also mini BTE style hearing aids which provide many of the benefits of this style while being smaller.

Pros:

  • Appropriate for mild-to-profound hearing loss
  • Repairs can often be done in our clinic office
  • More space for hearing technology
  • Easy to handle
  • Earmold custom made for you
  • Longest battery life (some types are rechargeable)

Cons:

  • Most visible style of hearing aids
  • Earmold can cause feelings of being plugged up

 

Find All Styles Of Hearing Aids At Hearing Healthcare Centers

Here at Hearing Healthcare Centers, we have worked hard to provide our communities with the most options possible when it comes to their hearing loss solutions. This means you can find any of these hearing aid styles at our various hearing clinics, and our hearing specialists will be happy to help you find the right style for your needs.

So, if you are ready to commit to finding new hearing aids, contact us for an appointment and start your journey back to better hearing.