Hearing Aid

Types of Hearing Aids

Based on the design, technology and the features they provide, hearing aids can be classified into multiple types. Hence, it’s possible to get the most suitable hearing aid, by taking a quick glance at the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Hearing Aids Based on Design

Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids

It is worn behind the ears. It comprises a narrow transparent tube, which carries thin wires, connecting the casing to the receiver that rests in the ear canal.

  • Worn behind the ears
  • Suitable for children
  • Easy to clean & maintain

Mini BTE (also called on-the-ear) aids

Hearing aid that rests behind the ear, only it’s a little smaller and the tube connecting the casing to the earmold is even thinner.

  • Worn behind the ears
  • Smaller than BTE hearing aids
  • Less visible than BTE

In-the-canal (ITC) aids

This kind of hearing aids are worn in the lower side of the outer ear. With a medium size fit, these devices are easily inserted and removed when needed.

  • Worn in the lower side of the outer ear
  • Less visible than ITE
  • Comes with longer battery life

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) aids

This type of hearing aid sits in ear canals and amplify the natural hearing ability of the ear. CIC hearing aids use very small batteries.

  • Worn inside the ear canal
  • Less visible than ITC
  • Perfect for moderate hearing loss

Invisible-in-canal (IIC) aids

This type of hearing aid sits deep inside the ear canal, making itself almost invisible. These devices are the tiniest form of hearing aids available.

  • Worn deep inside ear canal
  • Almost invisible
  • Equipped with powerful features