hearing aid styles

Hearing aids come in several different styles. The various styles are typically divided into two categories: custom fit and standard fit.


As the name implies, custom fit hearing aids are custom molded to your ear. Ears are are even more unique than finger prints so every custom hearing aid is truly one-of-a-kind. As you can see in the pictures below, custom hearing aids fit entirely into the ear. Standard fit hearing aids, on the other hand, are typically worn over the ear and have thin, clear tubing with small rubber or silicone buds that fit into the ear rather than a custom shell. Some hearing aids are a mix of both categories. For example, many hearing aids worn behind the ear can have custom ear molds attached to them.


So, you're probably wondering... which style is right for me? Great question! To determine which style would work best, you need to have a complete hearing evaluation. Degree and type of hearing loss, physical shape and size of your ear, personal preference, and other factors should all be taken into account.


Below you'll find pictures and brief descriptions of each style of hearing aid available. Our highly trained specialists can help you find your perfect fit. Give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.

invisible - in - canal (IIC)

These are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They sit deep in the ear canal and are completely invisible in most ears. IICs fit mild to moderate hearing losses and are available in several technology levels.

completely - in - canal (CIC)

CIC custom hearing aids fit completely inside the ear canal with only the tiny removal handle showing outside of the canal. They are virtually undetectable when worn. CICs fit mild to moderate hearing losses, are available with wireless capability, and come in many technology levels.

In - the - canal (ITC)

ITC custom hearing aids sit in the ear canal and have a small piece that shows in the outer ear. They manage to still be discreet while offering power levels that used to require much larger hearing aids. ITCs fit mild to mildly severe hearing losses, are available with wireless capability, and come in many technology levels.

in - the - ear (ITE)

ITE custom hearing aids fit within the outer portion of the ear. While they are the largest type of custom hearing aid, they are also the most powerful and the easiest to operate for those with limited dexterity. ITEs fit mild to severe hearing loss, are available with wireless capability, and come in many technology levels.

receiver - in - canal (RIC)

Barely visible when worn, RIC hearing aids have only a tiny receiver, or speaker, that goes inside the ear canal. A thin electrical wire connects the receiver to the body of the hearing aid which is worn behind the ear. RIC hearing aids provide a very comfortable, open fit. They accommodate mild to severe hearing loss, are available with wireless capability, and come in many technology levels and color options.

behind - the - ear (BTE)

BTEs are the most powerful hearing aids available. The hearing technology is housed in a casing that rests behind the ear. A clear plastic acoustical tube directs amplified sound into a customized earmold that is fitted inside the ear canal. BTEs fit moderate to severe hearing loss, are available with wireless capability, and come in many technology levels and color options.