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Are there different types of hearing aids?

Yes, there are five main types of hearing aids.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE): BTE aids consist of a custom-made shell that fits behind the ear, and an ear mould that nestles into the ear canal, connected to the shell via a short tube. These are appropriate when dealing with various levels of hearing impairment. Behind-the-Ear hearing aids are small and are worn tucked behind the ear in a way that is not overly noticeable. BTE hearing aids also come in the form of Mini BTEs, which are simply a smaller version of BTE aids, and RICs, Receiver-in-the-Canal aids, which are barely visible as the sound receiver is placed inside the ear canal. Behind-the-Ear hearing aids come in all kinds of appealing styles and are a popular choice when purchasing a hearing aid today.

In-the-Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids consist of custom-made shells that fit securely in the outer ear, which makes for easier positioning and adjustment. These too can address a wide range of hearing losses.

In-the-Canal (ITC): ITC devices, also called Half-Shell aids, are small and cosmetically appealing. They nestle further into the canal than the ITE hearing aids do. These hearing aids can address a mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): CIC hearing aids are increasingly smaller and are inserted into and worn completely in the ear canal. These aids can address mild to moderately severe cases of hearing loss.

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC): IIC hearing aids are worn so completely in the ear canal that they are actually invisible when worn. They are made to be removed daily just like most other hearing aids, but this kind of hearing aid makes it very easy to virtually forget about the presence of a hearing loss throughout day-to-day life. IIC aids are made for those with a mild to moderate hearing loss.

Along with hearing aids from all across this spread of types and styles, Niagara Hearing Solutions also offers new extended-wear products, hearing aids that are worn deep within the ear canal for months at a time without removal. These hearing aids are completely invisible, and they join the ranks of the comfortable, easy to use and affordable hearing products sold our clinic every day.

What kind of hearing aid would be the best option for me?

There are advantages to each of the five main types of hearing aids. CIC devices are barely visible and thus tend to be cosmetically appealing. This, of course, is also applicable to extended wear hearing aids. However, ITE, and even more so BTE, hearing aids are able to offer a wider range of special programming and connectivity with your everyday electronics and other kinds of accessories. A no-cost hearing aid evaluation with our Professionals will be able to help you determine what kind of hearing aid is the best fit for you.

Nano/Invisible In the Canal

(IIC)

These discreet hearing aids are the tiniest hearing aids made. They fit very deep in the ear canal making it ideal for life on the go. Because of their tiny size, they are a great option for people looking for a discreet solution.

Completly In the Canal

(CIC)

Sleek and subtle, these hearing aids are molded to the contours of your ear for a superior fit. They offer a natural look and hearing experience.

Half Shell/In the Canal

(ITC)

This style sits in the lower portion of the outer bowl of the ear, making them comfortable and easy to use. They have longer battery life, are easy to handle, and have external controls.

Full Shell/In the Ear

(ITE)

These are custom molded hearing aids that are easy to use for people with dexterity or vision problems. They are comfortable hearing aids allowing for all day use.

Receiver in the Canal

(RIC)

Reliable and convenient, these devices are lightweight, small, and flexible. They are the most popular hearing aids on the market today.

Behind the Ear

(BTE)

This option can fit any type of hearing loss. It follows the contour behind your ear, giving you more controls and power than any other style