If the time has come for you to wear hearing aids, many thoughts might be spiraling around in your head at the moment. Many patients expect large, clunky, and unattractive devices. So when I show them what today’s hearing aids look like, the response usually is a big sigh of relief.

That’s because modern hearing aids are incredibly small, barely noticeable, and they feature some impressive technology. Hearing aids have become so mainstream; you can even order them in different colors.

There are several different styles to choose from. Selecting the right ones will depend on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. I’ve put together a short explanation of each type to familiarize yourself with today’s technology.

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – Tiny and incredibly discreet

Worn inside the ear canal, IICs are practically invisible. They are custom-fitted, and you can choose from a range of colors if desired. Daily removal is essential for maintaining proper hygiene and a comfortable fit. They are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC) – Nearly invisible

CICs are custom-made to fit inside your ear canal. Only a tiny handle sticks out to provide easy insertion and removal. They come in a range of colors and are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-The-Canal (ITC) – A bit more visible

ITCs are fitted within the ear canal’s opening. You can select skin-colored shades to match your natural ear color. Patients find them easy to insert and remove. These are perfect for patients whose hearing is rapidly diminishing, making them suitable for mild to mildly severe hearing loss.

In-The-Ear (ITE) – Worn within the ear’s outer section

ITEs are molded to custom fit the ear canal’s entrance. You can opt for skin tone shades or choose from a range of colors. These give the patient maximum hearing coverage, and they are incredibly comfortable to wear. They are an excellent choice for mildly severe to severe hearing loss.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) – Small, discreet, and easy to fit

RICs feature a receiver that fits inside the ear canal. The main unit is worn behind your ear. The two parts are connected by a clear plastic acoustical wire, which reduces distortion. They make a great pair of first hearing aids and are comfortable to wear. They are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) – Barely noticeable, most common option

Like RICs, a customized earmold is worn inside the ear canal. The casing unit is worn behind the ear – it houses the technology and features easy-to-use control buttons. The two pieces are connected with a clear plastic tube. You can select from a range of colors or choose a more natural look if preferred. BTEs are suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss.

My team and I will gladly answer any questions you may have about hearing aids. Before selecting the right pair for you, we will discuss the benefits of hearing aids, what you can expect from them, and how to adjust to your new devices.

Since 1986, the House of Hearing has helped over 30,000 patients achieve better hearing and, therefore, enriched lives. With 12 convenient northern Utah locations, I encourage you to contact us today to book yourself in for a hearing test. Simply click here to get started on your journey to better hearing.

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Molly LeRoy

Dr. Molly LeRoy has been working in the hearing healthcare field since 1998 where she started as a secretary at the House of Hearing while attending the University of Utah. She soon became a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist and also obtained her Doctorate in Audiology. As President and Owner of the ENT House of Hearing since 2003, Dr. LeRoy has dedicated over 20 years of her life to delivering superior patient care to every person that walks through the door.