Wearers are no longer confined to clunky, obvious beige or grey devices that issue high-pitched whines at the most inconvenient moments. Today’s technology has led to great advances when it comes to function and style options. Several styles of hearing aids are now available, along with many design and color options. The most common types of hearing aids include in-the-ear (ITE) or behind-the-ear (BTE) devices.

ITE hearing aids

Often called custom hearing aids because they are custom-made to fit each individual ear, in-the-ear hearing aids can improve mild to profound hearing loss. ITE hearing aids sit entirely within the ear and are fitted individually based on an impression taken of your ear. They come in a range of styles, including in-the-canal (ITC) devices that fit partly inside your ear canal and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) that fits all the way inside your ear canal. The CIC devices come with small extensions that enable you to pull them out of your ear when needed for cleaning or other maintenance. Full-shell and half-shell in-the-ear hearing aid options fit inside the bowl of your outer ear.

BTE hearing aids

BTEs are also appropriate for hearing loss ranging from mild to profound. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Behind-the-ear hearing aids can be closed or open-fit.

  • Closed-fit means the fitted ear mold attached to the hearing aid almost completely fills the outer ear and ear canal.
  • If you are a wearer who is uncomfortable with occlusion, or the plugged-up sensation of closed-fit hearing aids, then you may prefer open-fit, which use a flexible “dome” in place of an ear mold. For many people, open fittings are more comfortable and avoid issues of excess moisture collection in your ear, but they are only suitable for certain kinds of hearing loss.

Contact a hearing care professional for guidance

Call 855-355-9064 or send an online request to schedule a no-obligation appointment now. Your hearing care professional will review all of your options in greater depth based on a thorough examination of your particular needs. Together, you will find the right hearing instruments that fit your style, comfort, and hearing loss.