Different Hearing Aid Models
Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Based on your lifestyle and hearing loss type, certain models and styles of hearing aids may work better for you than others. Dr. Griffith, will go over all of the options of hearing aids available and discuss potential pros and cons for each model with you.
Invisible-in-canal (IIC): One of the smallest types of hearing aids available on the market today. The hearing device fits deeply into the ear canal and is essentially invisible.
Completely-in-canal (CIC): A great option for a person who wants a very small hearing aid that fits discretely into the ear canal but does not require as deep or uncomfortable of a custom impression as the IIC aid.
In-the-canal (ITC): A custom made hearing aid style that is slightly larger than the CIC but offers more features in technology with the slightly larger profile.
In-the-ear (ITE): Another name for this style of device is full shell, as it encompasses the full concha, helix, and into the canal of the ear. This device is ideal if you would like to use a custom style hearing aid but also require many of the same features found in a behind-the-ear or receiver in the ear style aid.
Behind-the-ear (BTE): This model of aid is not custom but does require a custom earmold to secure to the ear. The hearing aid fits on top of or behind the ear and is traditionally considered to be the most powerful of all of the hearing aid models.
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE): This is a non-custom model of aid that fits discretely on top of the ear and has a small wire that fits into the ear canal. The RITE has become the most popular model of all of the hearing aids sold today. Recent statistics reveal that nearly 60% of hearing aids purchased are the RITE model. It is small, powerful, and stylish and does not traditionally require custom earmolds so a fitting can take place the same day as your initial appointment.