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Hearing Aid Styles

The different styles of hearing aids at Ashland Audiology has a lot to offer patients. It’s more than just design choices, and can completely change the way a hearing device works. Pay close attention to the styles to understand their subtle differences. There are advantages to each that makes them worth considering.

In the ear (ITE) 

ITE devices range from visible to completely invisible. They go inside the outer portion of the ear, with the smaller sizes going deep into the ear canal. This style is for mild to severe hearing loss and comes in different colors. Color takes priority over design since ITE’s are less visible than Behind the ear models. 


Invisible in canal (IIC)

Completely hidden in the canal, these are usually disposable devices that are cycled out at the end of their lifetime.


Completely in canal (CIC)

Almost invisible, CIC rests comfortably in the canal and has more features than IIC. The bigger size makes it easier to take out of a user’s ears. 


In the canal (ITC)

Slightly bigger than CIC, in the canal is still considered small when put side by side with ITE. Despite its small size, ITC retains a lot of the premium features of larger hearing devices. 

Full Shell ITE

Full shell in the ear (ITE)

This is the most visible of the hearing aids in the ITE category. That also makes them the most powerful when processing speech in real time. ITE is fantastic for severe hearing loss. 

Behind the ear

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the workhorses of the device lineup. For the most severe hearing loss, there is no better style. BTE is also recommended for patients with small ear canals. The drawback is that they are always visible. Because of this, BTE devices have the most creative designs to choose from. 

Mini BTE

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTE is the most common hearing aid style in this category. It keeps a slim profile while still giving easy access to buttons and dials. Because of the way it sits behind the ear, this is also considered a ‘discreet’ version of the technology. 

Receiver in the ear (RITE)

Receiver in ear (RIC)

RIC is usually open fit, using a thin tube to connect to the speaker in the ear canal. The fit is customized so that air can safely escape the ear and keep things comfortable. RIC is slightly smaller than standard BTE and has the same primary features.


BTE with Earmold

This is the biggest of all hearing aids. It is made for severe hearing loss, with tight similarities to Mini BTE. The difference is that the earmold takes up the entire ear canal, and has a thicker tube. BTE with earmold will have the most advanced hearing features to accommodate the level of hearing loss. 

The experts at Ashland Audiology will help you find the best device to suit your specific needs. Visit us today to discover what type of hearing aid you could benefit from!