Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly in the last several years and for individuals who are just now exploring their options for the first time, the number of styles on the market may seem overwhelming. Whether you want a small device that integrates the latest technology or would rather have a more basic model that’s easy to use, there’s a hearing aid for every budget and lifestyle.

The team at Alexiou Hearing & Sinus Center only partners with the major brands in the hearing aid industry to ensure that you have access to devices that are high-quality, comfortable, and affordable.

Hearing Aid Styles

The hearing aid industry offers more options than ever before, yet all devices find themselves in one of two categories: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE). Keep reading to learn about these styles and discover which design might work best for you.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Sitting behind or on top of the outer ear, a BTE design utilizes a tube that connects to an ear mold or tip inside of your ear canal. With the widest selection of colors, sizes, features, degrees of power, and battery types,

BTE’s are so small that they are often unnoticeable to others. Some of the various BTE styles include:

Mini BTE

The smallest BTE option on the market, a Mini BTE creates a natural hearing experience through a soft tip at the end of its tubing. This encourages airflow and sound to enter the ear along with amplified.

RIC (receiver in canal)

A speaker built into the ear tip instead of the body of the device is what makes RIC hearing aids different and discreet. Their size is similar to that of a Mini BTE, and they are nearly invisible to others making them the most popular style.

BTE with Earmolds

It uses a custom-shaped earmold at the tip of its tubing, directing sound straight to the ear canal. These devices are slightly larger and use a shape that follows the contour of your ear.


In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

Instead of resting behind the ear, ITE hearing aids sit inside of the ear using an impression for a custom fit. We offer many types of ITE styles including:

Invisible in canal

Sitting deep within the ear canal, IIC devices are the smallest hearing aids on the market and are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Completely in canal (CIC)

These devices are slightly larger than the IIC yet are still quite discreet. CIC hearing aids fit inside of your ear canal in a shallower fashion than other styles.

Encourages airflow and sound to enter the ear along with amplified sounds.

In The Canal (ITE) of Half Shell (HS)

Patients looking for features like volume control, directional microphones, and a larger battery will benefit from an ITC device. These typically sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl and are slightly larger than a CIC.

In The Ear (ITE) or Full Shell (FS)

Best for individuals with more severe hearing loss, an ITE device fills the entire outer bowl of the ear. Patients can enjoy advanced features like volume controls and longer battery life due to their larger size.


Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rechargeable hearing aids offer long-term daily use and ease. Our hearing aids use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that last on average 32 hours a day off one charge with a longevity life of more than 5 years! No longer do you need to constantly purchase and dispose of hearing aid batteries.

Whether you opt for a disposable zinc-air hearing aid battery or a lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid battery, proper care can help to extend its life and save you money. Battery life is highly dependent upon usage and battery size.