Hearing aid styles

Hearing aids come in six main styles. These styles are 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, some 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! Our highly trained specialists can help you find your perfect fit. Degree and type of hearing loss, physical shape and size of your ear, personal preference, and other factors should all be taken into account. Give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.

Invisible-In-Canal

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They sit deep in the ear canal and are completely invisible in most ears. IIC's fit mild to moderate hearing loss and are available in a range of technology levels.

Completely-In-Canal

Completely-In-Canal (CIC) 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. CIC's fit mild to moderate hearing losses, can have their faceplates matched to skin color, and come in a range of technology levels.

In-The-Canal

In-The-Canal (ITC) 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 a much larger footprint. ITC's fit mild to mildly-severe hearing loss, can have their faceplates matched to skin color, and come in a range of technology levels.

In-The-Ear

In-The-Ear (ITE) 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. ITE's fit mild to severe hearing loss, can have their faceplates matched to skin color, and come in a range of technology levels.

Receiver-In-Canal

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aids have only a tiny receiver, or speaker, that goes inside the ear canal. A thin, durable wire connects the receiver to the body of the hearing aid which is worn behind the ear. Taking up the least amount of space in the ear canal itself, RIC's provide a very comfortable, open fit. Because the power matrices can be easily interchanged, RIC's are able to accommodate mild to severe hearing loss – the widest range of any style. They come in many different color options and are available in a range of technology levels.

Behind-The-Ear

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids house all of their components in a casing that rests behind the ear – thus the name. A clear plastic acoustical tube directs amplified sound into either a customized earmold or a standard earbud that is fitted inside the ear canal. Designed to fit moderate to profound hearing loss, BTE's are the most powerful hearing aids available. They come in many different color options and are available in a range of technology levels.