Different types of hearing aids are inherently difficult to understand, so we have made a comprehensive video showing you the different types of hearing aid and why they fit different hearing needs.

The Three Main Hearing Aid Styles

There are three main hearing aid types that everything else falls within, they are as follows:

  1. BTE Hearing Aids: These devices are worn with the hearing aid on top of and behind the ear. All of the parts are in the case at the back of the ear and they are joined to the ear canal with a sound tube and a custom mold or tip.
  2. ITE Hearing Aids: These are custom-made devices, all of the electronics sit in a device that fits in your ear, they come in many sizes including CIC (completely in Canal) and IIC (Invisible in Canal).
  3. RIC RITE Hearing Aids: These devices are similar in concept to BTE hearing aids, with the exception that the receiver (the speaker) has been removed from the case that sits at the back of the ear. It is fitted in your ear canal or ear and connected to the case of the hearing aid with a thin wire.

Within those three overall categories there are the following hearing aid model types:

  • IIC (Invisible In Canal)
  • CIC (Completely In Canal)
  • MIC (Mini In Canal)
  • MIH (Microphone In Helix, only available from Resound and Beltone)
  • ITE (In The Ear), could be half shell or full shell
  • BTE (Behind The Ear, can be Mini, Standard or Power)
  • RIC (Receiver In Canal)
  • RITE (Receiver In The Ear, just another name for RIC)

CIC (Completely In Canal)

ITE (In The Ear)

MIC (Mini In Canal)

BTE (Behind The Ear)

Bluetooth Hearing Aids, Wireless Versus Non-Wireless Hearing Aids

We at the Keynsham hearing centre can explain what the difference is between different hearing aids and their ways they communicate. Most of the manufacturers have designed their own flavour of wireless signal. Wireless communication between hearing aids and between hearing aids and other accessory devices has really been a game changer for people who wear hearing aids. Not just has it made it easier for people to enjoy their TV, phone calls and group situations, the wireless communication has also enabled jaw-dropping features in the hearing aids that deliver a much better experience for their users. As you can probably tell, I like wireless hearing aids. Some people choose discretion over wireless communications when choosing custom hearing aids. Honestly, and that is what this site is about, honesty, I think they are quite mad. Perhaps, certifiable. So in finishing, go wireless and you will never go back.

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