Hearing technology has experienced rapid and considerable
change in recent years. That change has made hearing devices:
• More cosmetically appealing than ever before
• Provide a higher quality of sound due to the use of digital
• More automated and easy to use
• Provide more comfort and many options
STYLES OF HEARING DEVICES
Today's hearing instruments are smaller than ever. Some are
virtually invisible! Even the more powerful hearing devices that
traditionally sit behind one's ear are available in "miniature" styles. Your hearing professional will help you choose the size
that is correct for you based on your level of hearing loss, your
lifestyle and your manual dexterity.
Hearing device styles get their names from where they sit on
your ear. Once you know that, their names are easy to remember.
This style of hearing device is the most popular
today due to their inconspicuous nature and
excellent sound quality. The receiver is built
into a soft open dome and placed inside the
ear canal with thin electrical wires replacing the
acoustic tube of conventional BTEs.
COMPLETELY-IN-THE-CANAL INSTRUMENTS (CIC)
CIC hearing instruments are custom-made to
fit deep within the ear canal and are nearly
invisible. However, they are not suitable for
those who have severe hearing loss or who
would have di"culty handling a tiny battery.
This style is not appropriate for all hearing
IN-THE-CANAL INSTRUMENTS (ITC)
Slightly larger than the CIC, ITC instruments
are also custom-made and !ll the bottom half
of the external ear. Only barely noticeable to
those in face-to-face conversation, the ITC
uses a slightly larger battery than the CIC style.
IN-THE-EAR INSTRUMENTS (ITE)
ITE hearing instruments !t in the bowl of the
outer ear (concha) and are custom-!t for the
individual. Usually visible when facing another
person, ITEs can accommodate larger sound
ampli!ers and o#er more features. Their size
makes them easier to handle and allows the use
of a longer lasting battery.
BEHIND-THE-EAR INSTRUMENTS (BTE)
In general, BTEs are more powerful than smaller
hearing devices due to the stronger ampli!er
and larger battery. In BTE instruments the
electronics sit behind the ear and the sound is
directed through a tube into the ear canal. BTEs
are also o#ered in a miniature size.
Most hearing instruments require batteries that need to be
replaced every 7–10 days.