house of hearing best audiology clinic in esterhazy, sk
house of hearing animated logo

(306) 745-2118    |   chelsea@myhouseofhearing.ca

Here at My House of Hearing, your hearing health is our passion and one of the things we get most passionate about is the huge variety and quality of modern hearing aids. This page is simply an overview of the different types of hearing aid you may require for your personal hearing health needs. Please speak with your audiologist to learn about specific models and brands of new hearing aids. The technology is always improving and we like to have the absolute best on the market! 

in the ear hearing aid example available at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

ITE aids are worn in the ear canal and are usually custom-fit, based on an impression that is taken by your hearing care professional at the time of your hearing aid consultation. These styles are typically available in different skin tones to blend with the outer ear. Some types of ITE hearing aids fit very deeply within the ear canal, while others are closer to the outer ear.

behind the ear hearing aid example buy them today at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

BTE aids sit behind or on top of the outer ear with tubing that routes the sound down into the ear canal via a custom-fit earmold or a dome style that doesn’t block the entire ear canal opening. BTE styles are available in different colors to match hair or skin tone, as well as flashier designs for personalized flair.

invisible in the canal hearing aid example from oticon at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

Invisible in the canal (IIC) hearing aids

 

Advantages:

  • very discreet
  • good sound quality because of how they fit within the ear 

Disadvantages:

  • susceptible to ear wax and moisture damage
  • small size can be a problem for dexterity 
  • small size also can be a problem for connectivity to wireless devices, like smartphones

completely in the canal hearing aid example from oticon at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids

IIC and CIC styles are the smallest and most discreet hearing aids available. “Invisible in the canal” IIC styles are as described—virtually invisible. A wearer places them very deeply in the ears, and they must be removed by tugging on a small pull-out string. “Completely in the canal” CIC are very similar, but don’t sit quite so deeply within the ears.

These styles are typically fit for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Because of their small size, they don’t usually come with any manual controls, like volume wheels or program buttons.

in the canal hearing aid example from oticon available at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

In the canal (ITC) hearing aids

ITC hearing aids sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than IIC and CIC styles, they tend to have a slightly longer battery life and can fit a wider range of hearing losses. Their size also allows them to host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments and manual controls, like a volume wheel, if desired. 

Advantages:

  • discreet
  • longer battery life and more features than IIC and CIC styles

Disadvantages:

  • susceptible to ear wax and moisture damage
  • more occlusion, can make wearers feel plugged up
  • small size can be a problem for connectivity to wireless devices

    receiver in the ear hearing aid example from oticon available at my house of hearing in esterhazy, saskatchewan

    Receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing aids

    This style is typically known as either as “receiver in the ear” (RITE) or “receiver in canal” (RIC), depending on the manufacturer. But they essentially mean the same thing—an open-fit hearing aid style that has the speaker built into an insertable ear dome, instead of the main body of the hearing aid. In other words, the speaker of the hearing aid rests in the ear canal, but the microphone and processor sit in a tiny case behind the ear. They are connected by a thin wire. This style of hearing aid tends to have above-average sound quality and is made by all major hearing aid manufacturers. 

    If it gets damaged, the speaker portion of the hearing aid that fits in the ear can often be replaced at the hearing aid center, instead of having to be shipped off to the manufacturer for repair. 

    Advantages:

    • generally the only style that comes with a rechargeable battery option 
    • most likely to come with wireless connectivity to devices like phones
    • most likely to have advanced technology such as artificial intelligence
    • the speaker can be replaced separately
    • telecoil options are common

    Disadvantages:

    • smaller RITE sizes (known as mini-RITEs) can be a problem for dexterity
    • speaker, which is inside the ear, is susceptible to moisture and ear wax damage
    • the microphone and sound processor that sit behind the ear is visible