Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids aren’t one-size-fits-all.

Hearing aids can differ based on whether they are digital or analog, worn primarily behind the ear or inside it, or are open-fit or closed-fit. Each of these variations has advantages for some hearing aid wearers, but not others. Learning about the different types of hearing aids available can help you determine which works best for your lifestyle and hearing needs.

Styles of Hearing Aids

The style of a hearing aid refers to where and how it is worn. Understanding the types of hearing aids available before your consultation can give you an idea of the technology that will work best for you. Click on the hearing aids below to learn about each style.

 Behind the Ear In the Ear  In the Canal

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

In the Canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

Completely in the Canal Invisibe Hearing AIds Receiver in the Canal

Completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Invisible Hearing Aids


Receiver in Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids


Which Type of Hearing Aid Do You Need?

The best hearing aid style for you will depend on your hearing loss, concerns about appearance, and other lifestyle concerns. There are pros and cons for each style, though it ultimately comes down to a question of form versus function. For example, in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids may be more discreet, but if you have difficulty manipulating small objects, it might be easier to insert a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.