Hearing Aids

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What style is right for you?

There are many styles of hearing aids, along with various designs and color options. Each hearing aid is designed and fitted to each person’s hearing needs. Hearing instruments come in a number of various styles. The style of a hearing instrument determines the size and the way it will be placed in or around your ear. Your hearing loss, lifestyle and cosmetic desires matched with the guidance and recommendation of your Pro-Care Hearing health care professional will determine which hearing instrument styles are most suitable for your needs.


Hearing Aids

Style Description/Hearing Aid Size Degree of Hearing Loss Volume Control Connects to External Sounds Sources (telephone, TV, Bluetooth, etc.)
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IIC
(Invisible in the Canal)

  • Smallest available
  • Exclusive custom design
  • Completely Invisible and minimizes occlusion
Mild to Moderate Automatic or by remote control Yes
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CIC
(Completely in the Canal)

  • Extremely small
  • Custom fit
  • Nearly Invisible
  • One of the most popular styles
Mild to Severe Automatic, on device or by remote control Yes
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ITC
(In the Canal)

  • Slightly smaller than an ITE but larger than a CIC
  • Custom fit
Mild to Severe Automatic, on device or by remote control Yes
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ITE
(In The Ear)

  • Fills the outer ear and allows for larger sound amplifiers and more features
  • Custom fit
Most All Automatic, on device or by remote control Yes
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RIC
(Receiver in the Canal)

  • Much smaller than a BTE
  • Tucks right behind your ear
  • Nearly invisible and very comfortable
  • Comes in several colors to match hair and skin tone
Mild to Severe and High Frequency Lost Automatic, on device or by remote control Yes
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BTE
(Behind the Ear)

  • Fits comfortably behind-the-ear and is attached to custom earmold.
  • Comes in several colors to match hair and skin tone.
  • Easy to use and very reliable
All Automatic, on device or by remote control Yes

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing instruments are a 100% invisible when worn…

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This instrument sits deep in the ear canal ensuring sound travels quickly and accurately to your eardrum. This 100% invisible hearing aid is designed for daily removal.

  • 100% Invisible when worn
  • Hear clearly in noise
  • Sculpted for your ear canal
  • Highest definition sound quality
  • Designed for daily removal

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)
Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing instruments are molded to fit inside your ear canal, making it almost invisible…

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The Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing instruments is the most popular custom-made instrument style because of its’ minimal visibility.

  • Cosmetically desirable because these hearing aids are tiny in size
  • Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
  • Require good manual dexterity in order to place the hearing aid in the ears

In-The-Canal (ITC)
In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing instruments are a style that’s custom molded to fit partly in your ear canal, but not as deeply as the Completely-In-Canal Instrument…

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This style fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear.

  • Barely visible in the ear
  • Easy to use with the telephone
  • May not fit well in small ears

In-The-Ear (ITE)
In-the-Ear hearing instruments are the easiest style to operate and the largest of the custom-made hearing aid devices….

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This style fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear.

  • Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
  • Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
  • Used to help mild to severe hearing loss

Receivers-in-Canal (RIC)
Receivers-in-Canal (RIC) hearing instruments are similar to the Over-the-Ear style…

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These hearing aids are durable, and water resistant. The sound processor and the receiver are physically separated, with the tiny processor hidden behind the top of the ear and the receiver placed in the ear canal.

  • Fits a large range of hearing loss
  • Offers the greatest flexibility in programming
  • Water resistant and very durable

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
A Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments is a style that consists of two components…

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The electronic components of this style are concealed in a casing that hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind it. The second component is the ear mold that is custom- made to perfectly replicate the size and shape of your ear. The two components are connected via small tubing.

  • Typically offers more power than a custom-made hearing aid
  • Robust for active wears
  • Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss
  • Large, easy-to-use hearing aids that are very reliable