What are the types of hearing aids

The most common types of Aids are

1) Behind The Ear (BTE’s)

These are placed behind the user’s ears and connected to an ear mould by a plastic tube. BTE hearing instruments may be used for all types of hearing loss from mild to most profound.

2) In The Canal (ITC’s)/ In The Ear (ITE)

Nowadays it is possible to include all electronics of the hearing instrument in the ear mould (ITE) / (ITC).
ITE / ITC are used for mild to severe hearing losses.

3) Completely In The Canal (CIC’s)

These are the latest and smallest type of hearing aids and are fitted deep into the ear canal closer to the ear drum. CIC’s have high cosmetic value and are practically invisible to others, used mainly for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Now, some of the Manufacturers make CICs for mild to profound hearing losses.

4) Invisible In the Canal (IIC)

These Models have their electronics built into their ear-mould. Such aids require the ear canal to have a certain size and good manual dexterity from the user.

5) Receiver In The Canal (RIC)

6) Body Worn Hearing Aids

These Consist of a small case that contains the microphone and amplifier, a cord with a receiver and an ear-mould. In most cases these are used for severe to profound loss having a flat graph on audiogram or where the user has some difficulty in handling other types of hearing aids. This model is less preferred in today's time and age.

7) Bone Conduction Hearing Aid / Bone Conduction Spectacles

Hearing aid is built inside the spectacle-glasses. The microphone, amplifier and receiver are built into the bows of the frames. Hearing Aid glasses are operated the same way as BTE hearing aids. A person with a conductive loss might use a type that conducts sounds through the bones, directly to the inner ear.