Types of hearing aids

In the ear canal (ITE/ITC) 

  • ITE/ITC options are custom made to fit inside each individual ear canal  
  • They sit in the entrance of the ear and are barely visible from the outside 
  • No part of the device is outside of your ear 

Benefits of this style: 

  • Comfortable because this style is custom fit to your ear 
  • Very discrete 
  • Excellent sound quality  

A close-up of a tiny in-the-ear hearing aid. These types of devices are also called invisible hearing aids. Expression Audiology can work with you to find the best device for you.

Behind the ear (BTE)

  • BTE hearing aids are worn with the receiver on top of, and behind the ear.
  • A sound tube connects the receiver to your ear canal with custom made ear moulds or standard earpieces 
  • They are suitable for a range of hearing losses from mild to severe/profound.  
  • These devices are robust  

Benefits of this style:

  • Easy to manage 
  • Suitable for all levels of hearing loss (mild to severe/profound) 
  • Moisture resistant   
A behind-the-ear hearing aid. If you need help finding the right device for you, contact Expression Audiology.

Receiver in Canal (RITE/RIC)

  • RITE/RIC hearing aids, also known as open fit hearing aids, are our most popular hearing aid style 
  • They sit behind the ear with a thin wire that extends down the front of the ear and into the ear canal 
  • They are similar to BTE devices, but the receiver is inside your ear instead of behind it 
  • This style of hearing aid provides the most natural sound quality 

Benefits of this style:

  • Lightweight and more discrete than BTE devices  
  • No ‘blocked’ feeling as natural sound can enter the ear canal 
  • More powerful options available being more suitable for a range of hearing losses 
A receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid

Book an appointment to talk to us about finding the style of hearing aid that suits your lifestyle and personal hearing goals.

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