Hearing Aid Types

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid

In the Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, all parts of the aid are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear.  The case is connected to an earmold placed in your ear canal by a piece of clear tubing.  The custom-made earmold creates a comfortable fit.  The BTE style of hearing aid is the most reliable hearing aid type and usually offers the the most circuit options and capabilities. They are also known to have more power than other custom-made hearing aids.  BTE hearing aids are often chosen for young children for safety reasons and to allow for growth. 

Open Fit Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid

Just like the traditional BTE, a small plastic case rests behind the ear, and a very fine, clear tube runs into the ear canal.  Inside the ear canal, a smal, soft silicone dome or a custom mold tip holds the tube in place.  These lightweight open fit BTE hearing aids offer aesthetic and performance advantages and are typically used by adults. 

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aid

These hearing aids are similar to the BTE hearing aids with one small difference: the speaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal, and a thin electrical wire replaces the plastic acoustic tube of the BTE.  The speaker inside of the ear canal may have a small, soft silicone dome, or a custom mold tip to hold the speaker in place. These hearing aids are the most popular and are usually smaller and more discreet than standard BTE models.  The RIC hearing aids are very reliable and require little to no maintenance.  Depending on the RIC model and size, they may have as many circuit options and capabilities as a standard BTE.

In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid

All parts of the ITE hearing aid are contained in a custom-made, skin-toned shell that fills the outer part of the ear.  These hearing aids are larger than canal aids, and for some people, may be easier to handle than smaller aids.  Depending on the model, the ITE hearing aids may have many circuit options and capabilities, as well as volume buttons.

In-the-Canal (ITC) and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

These aids are contained in a custom-made, tiny case that fits partially or completely into the ear canal.  These are the smallest aids available and offer some cosmetic and listening advantages.  Circuits, capabilities and button options are available, depending on the model and size.

CROS/BiCROS Hearing Aid

CROS and BiCROS hearing aids are strictly for those with significant hearing loss in only one ear.  These hearing aids use a microphone on the device worn in the ear with significant hearing loss that delivers sound to the functioning ear either via a wire or wirelessly, creating a feeling closer hearing with both ears.

Our Audiologist will accurately assess your hearing to provide a customized hearing device plan that will work best for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Whether you are searching for a good, basic hearing aid or the latest speech processing technology with Bluetooth connectivity, Dr. Deyanira Gonzalez will work with you to ensure that you are satisfied with your new hearing device.  Remember, all of our hearing aids come with a risk-free 30-day trial period.


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