Hearing Aid Styles

What kind of hearing aid is best for me?

Most people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Just as there are different types and degrees of hearing loss, there are different styles of hearing aids. During your appointment, Dr. Oden will explain the advantages and benefits associated with each style and help determine which is best for your hearing loss, personal cosmetic preference and lifestyle.

Mini behind-the-ear (BTE)
A new and smaller type of BTE hearing aid, the mini behind the ear style fits snugly behind the ear and includes a narrow wire that is inserted into the ear canal to remove occlusion or what’s called the “head in a barrel” effect. More discrete than a traditional BTE hearing aid, this device leaves the ear canal more open, making it ideal for those with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. This style device can also be adapted for more severe hearing loss by using a custom molded ear piece.

Behind the Ear (BTE)
The BTE is a popular style worn behind the ear that connects to an ear mold that rests inside the outer ear. Sound is conducted from the hearing aid into the ear mold. Although this can be the largest type of hearing aid, it is also the most powerful and often the easiest to adjust. BTE hearing aids are appropriate for the treatment of almost all types of hearing

Remote Mic (RM)

The Remote Mic design is unique because the microphone is placed at the end of a flexible tube separate from the main body of the hearing aid. This unique placement of the microphone provides the user with a powerful hearing aid and maximum venting. Appropriate for those with perspiration concerns and those exposed to windy environments.

Completely in the canal (CIC)

This hearing aid is custom molded to fit completely inside your ear canal. Using the smallest hearing aid battery available, the outer portion of the shell is barely visible in the ear canal. The CIC is a very discreet option that can fit a mild to severe hearing loss.

In The Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments are custom built for your ear, so they fit snugly and comfortably. Only the face of the device extends into the outer ear, while the body extends into your ear canal. The slightly larger design offers extra power, using a larger battery than the CIC making the ITC a great selection for mild to severe hearing loss or those with dexterity issues.

In The Ear (ITE)

This type of hearing aid fits snugly inside the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear and can be used to fit mild to severely profound hearing loss. Although ITE hearing aids are more visible, they are generally easy to insert and have a longer battery life than other, smaller hearing aids.