What are the types of hearing aids? |

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

The electronic components of the hearing aid are housed in a casing that fits along the back side of the ear. An earmold, a piece custom fit to the ear, is fit inside the ear. The two pieces are connected using clear tubing. When worn, the hearing aid hangs over the ear and the earmold holds it securely in place. The sound is picked up by the device behind the ear and amplified. The amplified sound is then routed through the tubing into the ear through the earmold. The behind-the-ear style hearing aid supplies the most power of all the styles available.

Open-fit Hearing Aids

Open-fit hearing aids are a variation of the BTE style aids. They follow the same general idea but the portion behind the ear is typically much smaller in size and they do not use a custom earmold. Instead they use a very flexible non-custom tip to hold the tubing in the center of the canal. This style hearing instrument is very cosmetically appealing but is designed for a very specific type and degree of hearing loss. Your audiologist will determine if this aid is an option for you.

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE)

The receiver-in-the-ear style the hearing aid components are divided and placed in two separate locations. Part of the hearing aid components are housed in a very small casing that sits behind the ear and the other portion of the components are housed at the end of the tubing in the canal of the ear. This style hearing aid can be fit with either a custom earmold or a non-custom earmold. Your audiologist will tell you which earmold is appropriate for you hearing loss. The receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids are cosmetically appealing and provide significant power.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

The in-the-ear style hearing aid house all the components in the bowl portion of the ear. The hearing aid is typically flesh tone colored but is visible in the ear. This style hearing aid is easy to handle and is a great option for patients with dexterity issues.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

The in-the-canal style hearing aid fits primarily in the slender canal portion of the ear with only a small portion of the hearing aid being in the bowl portion of the ear. This style hearing aid is less visible than the in-the-ear models but offers significantly less power than the larger style hearing aids.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

The completely-in-the-canal hearing aid fits deeply into the ear canal. The aid easily hides behind the tragus, often referred to as the ear flap, an is very difficult to see in the ear. This hearing aid is the least noticeable of all the hearing aids, however it also offers the least amount of power.

Because all patients are unique, Cornerstone Ear, Nose and Throat offers analog and digital hearing aides from many manufacturers. From hearing aids that are hidden entirely in the canal to behind-the-ear models, patients will find the latest technology at competitive prices. Our audiologists provide a comfortable atmosphere to answer every question, explain the options, and ensure that the proper hearing aid is selected and fitted.