Behind-the-ear (BTE) instruments rest behind the ear and house the device’s technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmould inside the ear canal. BTE instruments are often the most durable hearing devices – some are even waterproof. this is provided through the NHS.
One of the most popular hearing aid styles available today, the Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) device is small, discreet and incredibly quick-to- fit and perfect for many first-time wearers. A RIC places the miniature speaker directly in the ear canal, enhancing both comfort and sound quality.
In-the-ear (ITE) instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmould that fits within the outer portion of the ear. ITEs are appropriate for wearer’s with a mild to severe hearing loss and feature easy-to-use controls which are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmould that fits down into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They are discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear and accommodate a mild to mildly severe hearing loss.
These devices fit Completely-in-the-canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line with which you insert or remove the instrument shows above the canal. Although CIC instruments offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals’ ears may make this style unsuitable for them.
The Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) is 100% invisible and sits comfortably inside the second bend of your ear canal. The IIC is custom fit and appropriate for a range of hearing losses.