Hearing Device Styles

The following are the main styles of hearing aids. Your final decision will be based on the degree of your hearing loss, your listening needs, and your personal preference.

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC):

An invisible style hearing aid custom designed to fit comfortably in the second bend of your ear canal. The IIC is designed to be removed daily. It will accommodate mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC):

Because of the small size, the CIC usually requires a “removal string” due to the fact they fit so deeply into the canal. It will accommodate mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-canal (ITC):

This is slightly bigger than the CIC. May come available with more options than a CIC. It will accommodate mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-the-ear (ITE):

Fills the whole "bowl" of the ear. Will have a longer battery life due to the larger size. It will accommodate mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Receiver-in-the Canal (RIC):

Similar to a mini BTE however the speaker of the hearing aid sits inside the ear canal. It can accommodate hearing loss from mild to severe while still providing the "open" fitting.

Behind-the-ear (BTE):

The hearing aid sits behind the ear and transmits sound into the ear canal via an earmold. One of the more flexible hearing aids. It can accommodate hearing loss from mild to profound.

Assistive Listening Devices

We offer a full range of assistive listening devices (ALD). ALD's are designed to bring the desired sound source directly to the ear of the person with a hearing loss. They reduce the effects of noise, distance and reverberation and can be used alone or in conjunction with a hearing instrument. ALD systems are available for telephones, televisions or other group situations. These products are also available with touch or visual signals in place of auditory signals such as smoke alarms, doorbells and alarm clocks.

Custom Ear Plugs

Custom ear plugs are available for a variety of applications. Following ear surgery, custom made swim molds are often recommended to protect the ear(s) from water.

Patients exposed to high levels of noise at home, in the workplace or during recreational activities, including high levels of music exposure, may find custom ear plugs beneficial.

Custom made molds for cell phones and IPods are also available.


We recommend routine hearing aid servicing every six to eight months for as long as you own your hearing aid. We are fully equipped to handle minor repairs in our office. We can also evaluate the performance of your hearing aid with our state-of-the-art equipment.

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