Hearing Aid Styles for Patients

Restoration Hearing

Normal Ear

A normal ear without amplification was included for your viewing pleasure.

Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC)

This hearing aid is our most discreet hearing aid, but it is not practical for everybody.  This hearing aid has limited features and does not have the ability to stream phone calls or music.  This hearing aid has a limited output range and may not be suitable if you have substantial hearing loss.

Completely in-the-Canal (CIC)

Our next size up is the CIC.  Like the IIC it has some restrictions, but depending on the size of your ear we may be able to introduce bluetooth streaming at this size.  While it is slightly bigger than the IIC product, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of streaming music and phone calls to your hearing aids.  Say good bye to annoying earbuds! 

Half-Shell (HS)

This device is great for those with poor dexterity.  If you have severely arthritic hands we highly recommend this style, our MIH style, or the RIC.  However, for years patients with arthritic fingers have enjoyed this style most, due to it’s relative ease when inserting/removing.

Mic-in-Helix (MIH)

Due to it’s mic placement in the helix, this device offers a couple things the other devices above don’t: 1) this device offers the potential for maximum gain that competes with our traditional BTE, 2) this device offers the best wind protection.

Although some of the other styles will work well, you may want to consider this style if you spend a considerable amount of time out on the water or the golf course.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

This device is the biggest of all the custom devices and has been a staple in the custom hearing aid industry since the 80s/90s.  For those who want a custom device, but need maximum power this device and the MIH are the two best options available.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

This device is the top selling hearing aid in the industry. 

It is discreet, offers the best Bluetooth compatibility, is versatile across many different hearing losses, can adjust volume over time, and offers an open fit for individuals who still have some good hearing remaining.

This device is excellent for all individuals.

Traditional Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

For many years this was the go to device, however, over the years we have been able to provide more power with less real estate. 

This device is excellent for: growing children who require new earmolds every few months, for adults with chronic ear drainage, and for individuals with a profound hearing loss exceeding the maximum output for RIC devices.