A person’s level of hearing loss often determines what hearing aid best suits their needs. Today’s digital hearing aids come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Below, the most common types of hearing aids are listed, as well as the level of hearing loss they are appropriate for.

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) Hearing Aids

  • Molded to fit comfortably in ear canal’s second bend—they are truly invisible to those around you.
  • Virtually feedback free.
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss.

Mini Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

  • Smaller than standard behind-the-ear hearing devices.
  • Leaves the ear open.
  • For mild to severe hearing loss.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

  • Leaves the ear open.
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling.
  • For mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

  • Fits behind the ear.
  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear.
  • Appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss.

Completely In-the-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

  • Molded to fit deeply within the ear canal—it’s the smallest, least visible type of hearing device (barring the IIC).
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise.
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

  • Fits in the ear canal.
  • Barely visible—it’s the smallest aid available with directional technology for hearing better in noise.
  • For adults with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

  • Fits directly into external ear.
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease.
  • For people with mild to severe hearing loss.

Full Shell In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

  • Fits directly into external ear.
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease.
  • For people with mild to severe hearing loss.