IICs are completely invisible when your ear anatomy allows for it – wide enough, tall enough, and angled just right. Due to their small size, IICs can be limited in power and additional features, though some do allow for wireless capabilities.
BTEs hearing aids sit behind/on top of the outer ear with the sound directed by a tube or wire into the ear canal. The instruments are manufactured in a variety of different colors to accommodate skin or hair color. BTE hearing aids also come in a variety of sizes and the actual style is best determined by you and our Doctors, as various styles can accommodate different features, power levels, control options and battery sizes.
This style of device is popular due to its inconspicuous nature and its comfort. Sound travels into the ear canal through a thin tube or via a wire – with the receiver placed directly in the ear canal. Mini BTEs can also connect directly to cell phones and be compatible with remote controls and other wireless features.
The “largest” of the in the ear products, the ITE offers greater options for power to fit more severe hearing losses; space to accommodate a variety of options, larger battery size; and ease of manipulation. ITEs can also connect directly to cell phones and be compatible with remote controls and other wireless features.
ITC hearing aids sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl providing for a more discreet fit. Typically ITC hearing aids can still house many of the features of a full shell ITE but are designed for less severe hearing losses. ITCs can also still connect directly to cell phones and be compatible with remote controls or other wireless features.
CICs are more discreet as they are almost completely hidden, yet still large enough to house advanced features. Many CICs can also still connect directly to cell phones and be compatible with remote controls or other wireless features.