Hearing Aid Styles

Large Selection of Hearing Aid Styles

A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aid style. The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the number of features the instrument has and not necessarily on the style selected. Today's digital hearing aids are typically offered in various levels, such as basic, entry, advanced or premium level. Within each level, different technology and features are available.

There are many different features in addition to a lot of technology surrounding today’s hearing aids. The digital aids we offer range from basic to premium, and depending on your budget and your needs, our professionals would be happy to help you decide what is right for you.

  • IIC Hearing Aids - Invisible in the Canal - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    Invisible in the Canal

    The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

  • CIC Hearing Aids - Completely in the Canal - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    Completely in the Canal

    CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

  • ITC Hearing Aids - In The Canal - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    In The Canal

    ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. They have a longer battery life than the CIC Models.

  • ITE Hearing Aids - In the Ear - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    In the Ear

    Full shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles, and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild to severe hearing loss.

  • BTE Hearing Aids - Behind The Ear - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center



    Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types and degrees of power.

  • mini BTE Hearing Aids - mini Behind The Ear - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

    Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses.

  • RIC Hearing Aids - Receiver In Canal - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center


    Receiver In Canal

    RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

  • MIH Hearing Aids - Receiver In Canal - Northeast Ohio Hearing Center



    Microphone-in-helix (MIH) hearing aids have the microphone located outside of the hearing aid shell and inside the top fold of the external part of your ear (cymba concha). The shell itself is available in various sizes and fits into the lower part of your external ear (cavum concha) like a completely-in-canal (CIC) or in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid.

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