types of hearing aids

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Digital hearing aids are technologically advanced devices that can be easily adapted to each person’s individual hearing needs. Everyone’s hearing loss is different, and so too are your hearing aid needs.

At Connect Hearing, we will work with you to find the right hearing aids for your personal circumstances. This includes your lifestyle, budget, as well as what you need your hearing aids for the most.

Types of hearing aids

Different styles of hearing aids

There are many different types of hearing aids! The ones that work best for you will depend on many different factors. Here are just a few:

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and Mini Behind-The-Ear (mBTE)

Behind-the-ear hearing aids function with the receiver, microphone and amplifier housed in a shell that sits behind the ear. A clear plastic tube connect the shell to a custom-made earmold that sits within the ear. With a larger shell that sits outside the ear, BTE’s are able to hold more circuitry than other types of hearing aids. BTE’s are very durable hearing aids, and can be fitted for a wide range of hearing loss, from mild to severe.

Mini behind-the-ear hearing aids differ only in being smaller than standard BTE’s.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) and Mini Receiver-In-Canal (mRIC)

Similar to BTE hearing aids, RIC’s also have a shell that fits behind the ear – but they are also smaller and less visible to the naked eye. RIC’s have a transmission wire that connects the shell to the receiver, which is housed in a custom earmold or dome-shaped ear bud, allowing for better sound control than a BTE.


ITE hearing aids have circuitry contained completely within custom-made earmolds that fill most of the visible portion of the ear. Due to their size and easy-to-use controls, ITE hearing aids are perfect for those with limited dexterity, and mild to moderately severe hearing loss.


Smaller than ITE’s, ITC hearing aids sit directly within the ear canal, only partially visible in the outer ear. These hearing aids are ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss, but can be used by some people with moderately severe hearing loss.

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids are custom-fit devices that sit all the way in the ear canal, like the Virto V family. They are rarely visible, providing cosmetic appeal for wearers. These hearing aids are tiny devices, and are best suited to mild to moderate hearing loss. CIC’s may not be suitable for some hearing aid wearers with narrow ear canals.

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)

Similar to CIC’s, IIC hearing aids are also custom-fit devices, but they fit deeper within the ear canal and are not at all visible when worn. Due to their position next to the ear drum, these hearing aids lower the chances of sound distortion. Like CIC’s, IIC’s may not be suitable for wearers with narrow ear canals. is the only completely invisible hearing device.

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