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Hearing aids all do essentially the same thing. They help us hear better. But, modern technology has blessed us with a multiplicity of style and technology options. The hearing aid that you choose should meet the needs of your hearing loss, lifestyle, cosmetic preference and budget. See our guide below to get a feel for what you may want to try, and then call us to schedule a fitting for a free trial.

Hearing Aid Styles

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

This amazing little device is ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss and is completely invisible in most ears, because it is worn inside the ear canal. Another plus, is that it is custom made just for your ear for a perfect fit.

Pros: Invisible, protected from wind noise

Cons: Shorter battery life and limited features, like volume control are difficult to adjust; earwax can clog speaker

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

This hearing aid works well for moderate hearing loss and is virtually undetectable as it is placed within the ear canal. This placement also cuts down on wind noise.

Pros: Virtually invisible, protected from wind noise

Cons: Shorter battery life and limited features, like volume control are difficult to adjust; earwax can clog speaker

In-the-Canal (ITC)

The ITC style works for mild to moderately severe hearing loss and fits in the ear canal. This style also comes with a variety of technology options that previously required a larger aid.

Pros: Virtually Invisible, protected from wind noise

Cons: Shorter battery life and limited features, like volume control are difficult to adjust; earwax can clog speaker

Half Shell In-the-Ear (ITE)

The half shell style is used for mild to severe hearing loss and fits snugly into the external ear. Its size keeps it discreet, but allows it to be inserted and adjusted easily.

Pros: Includes more features than smaller styles; easier to adjust controls and longer battery life

Cons: Wind noise possible, earwax can clog speaker, more visible

Full Shell In-the-Ear (ITE)

The full shell ITE is similar to the half shell version in that it is ideal for mild to severe hearing loss, fits directly into the external ear and can be inserted and adjusted with ease due to its size.

Pros: Includes more features than smaller styles; easier to adjust controls and longer battery life

Cons: Wind noise possible, earwax can clog speaker, more visible

Receiver-in-the-Canal

The RIC style leaves the ear open and prevents the “plugged up” feeling that comes with the styles worn in the ear. The RIC is worn over the top of the ear and comes in many colors to blend with hair color to make it barely visible when worn. This style works well with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Pros: Sleeker than BTE, avoid “plugged up” feeling

Cons: More effort to clean, receiver needs more frequent replacement

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

The BTE is our best-selling style because it is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss. A custom ear piece is molded to fit your outer ear and the sleek design and color choices discreetly hide the device behind your ear.

Pros: Helps with all types of hearing loss, longest battery life, easy to adjust controls, better amplification

Cons: Largest and most visible, suseptable to wind noise

Extended Wear

The Lyric brand hearing aid is sold as an annual subscription and is inserted deep into the ear canal and kept in place for up to four months, without the need for removal. It is safe to wear while participating in everyday activities such as showering, exercising and sleeping, and comes in 5 sizes. Extended wear hearing aids are best for those with mild to moderately severe hearing loss and appeal especially to individuals with active lifestyles.

PROS: Completely invisible to others; no need to remove on a daily basis; no batteries to change; offer improved sound directionality and reduced feedback.

CONS: Won’t fit everybody’s ears; may cause discomfort for some.