Hearing aid styles
Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC): This hearing aid is designed to sit very deep in the ear canal and is thus arguably, the most cosmetically appealing of the hearing aid styles. It has a smaller amplifier and thus is NOT suitable for severe to profoundly impaired individuals and typically does not have any wireless features.
In-the-Canal/Completely-In The-Canal(ITC/CIC): This hearing aid sits quite deep in the ear canal and is very cosmetically appealing. These hearing aids are generally NOT suitable for those with a severe to profound hearing loss.
In-The-Ear (ITE): This style of hearing aid sits in the concha or bowl of the ear, this style fits a wide range of hearing losses, although it is generally not suitable for those with a profound hearing loss.
Receiver in-the-ear or mini-Behind-The-Ear: This style of hearing aids is also cosmetically appealing as the electronics are fitted into a very small package which sits behind the ear. The aid is then connected by a very thin wire or tube to a small ear mould which sits in the ear canal. This type of hearing aid is useful for most types and levels of hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear (BTE): This style of hearing aid has the electronics sitting behind the ear, this is then attached by a tube to a mould which sits in the ear. This type of hearing aid is suitable for almost any level of hearing loss.