Types Of Hearing Aids

Rehabilitaion Center offers five main types of hearing aids. The choice of hearing aid depends on the type of hearing loss, the shape of the individual ear canal and to some extent the userĀ“s own individual preferences. In general, the more powerful the hearing aid is, the larger it is, because a larger battery and receiver are required. The different models listed below are all available at Rehabilitaion Center:


Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)

The classic behind-the-ear model (BTE) is the choice if you have a severe hearing loss or if you have very small ear canals, which makes it difficult to fit an entire hearing aid into your ear. All the electronic components of a classic BTE model are located in a housing placed behind your ear. A slim plastic tube with an earmould in the end directs the amplified sound from the hearing aid into your ear. Manual controls for volume and program change are placed on the top side of the hearing aid for easy user access.

Depending on the model, BTE hearing aids can moreover often be fitted with an open fit solution. This means that the ear-tip is made with compensatory measures so as to optimise the sound processing.

In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)

An in-the-ear model (ITE) is suitable if you have a mild to severe hearing loss. The ITE has all its electronic components contained within a plastic shell moulded to fit your ear. The ITE model is placed in the ear canal, but with the faceplate still visible in the concha of your ear. The size - as well as the visibility - of the ITE depends on your degree of hearing loss and the shape of your ear canals.

The ITE comes with optional user controls for program and volume change on the outside shell plate.

Completely-In-Canal Hearing Aids (CIC)

The CIC is the smallest model in hearing aids and is especially suitable if you have a mild to moderate hearing loss. It is a custom made shell that contains all the electronic components. The shell is placed deeply in the ear canal, making the hearing aid almost invisible. A CIC therefore has a big aesthetic advantage: No one can actually see that you are wearing a hearing aid.

For easy everyday removal, the CIC has a small extension cord attached to the outside. A CIC model works fully automatically.

Receiver-In-Canal Hearing Aids (RIC)

The receiver-in-canal (RIC) model is a newer development in hearing aids and is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. Compared to a classic behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, the receiver of the RIC (the loudspeaker) is placed in the ear-tip instead of in the housing, thereby reducing its size.

The RIC model consists of three parts: The housing, which sits behind the ear, and a thin earwire connecting the housing to the receiver. The receiver goes directly into the ear canal. The RIC model is a very discreet, yet powerful hearing aid, which works fully automatically.

Note that the RIC model is quite similar to the RITE model. The difference is the placement of the receiver in the ear.

Receiver-In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (RITE)

The receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) model is a newer development in hearing aids and is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. Compared to a classic behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, the receiver of the RITE (the loudspeaker) is placed in the ear-tip instead of in the housing, thereby reducing its size.

The RITE model consists of three parts: The housing, which sits behind the ear, and a thin earwire connecting the housing to the receiver. The receiver is placed in the concha of the ear. The RITE model is a very discreet, and yet powerful hearing aid, which works fully automatically.

Note that the RITE model is quite similar to the RIC model. The difference is the placement of the receiver in the ear.