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Hearing Aid Styles

Today’s hearing aids are offered in several different fits and styles to meet every patient’s needs in Alexandria. There are several factors to consider as you set out to select a hearing aid, including your:

  • Hearing loss type, frequency and severity
  • Cosmetic preferences
  • Dexterity with manual controls
  • Technology needs
  • Activity level
  • Lifestyle needs
  • Personal preferences

It’s important to spend time with your audiologist learning about the different styles of hearing aids and how they will fit into your complete treatment plan. You will need professional guidance from your Central Louisiana hearing loss healthcare provider every step of the way from the selection process to the fitting appointment to maintaining your hearing aids for years to come.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with hearing loss, your doctor at Audiology Consultants of Louisiana will spend time explaining the features, functions, advantages and disadvantages of each style as you go through the hearing aid selection process. Here’s an overview of today’s top hearing aid styles in Alexandria, listed from smallest to largest.

Invisible In Canal (IIC)

    Invisible In Canal (IIC) Hearing Aids in louisiana

  • Smallest regular wear style available
  • Inserted deep in the ear canal
  • Very limited features
  • Small battery requires frequent changes
  • Virtually invisible
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss

Completely In Canal (CIC)

    Completely In Canal (CIC) Hearing aids in louisiana

  • Small, compact casing
  • Placed in the ear canal
  • More features and programs available
  • Slightly larger battery
  • Invisible except for tiny removal cord
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss

In The Canal (ITC)

    In The Canal (ITC) hearing aids in louisiana

  • Larger than IIC and CIC
  • Placed shallowly in the ear canal
  • Offers many features and functions
  • Partially visible from the side
  • For mild to moderate hearing loss

In The Ear (ITE)

    In The Ear (ITE) hearing aid styles in louisiana

  • Two-part device
  • Receiver sits in the ear; case sits behind the ear
  • Smaller and less visible than BTE devices
  • Eliminates feeling of blockage
  • Most effective for high-frequency impairments
  • For mild to severe hearing loss

Receiver In The Ear/Open Fit (RITE)

    Receiver In The Ear/Open Fit (RITE) hearing aid styles in louisiana

  • Microphone in ear canal connects to faceplate in outer ear
  • Volume control on exterior portion
  • Large battery typically lasts a week or more
  • Visible to others, especially from the side
  • For mild to severe hearing loss

Behind The Ear (BTE)

    Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids in louisiana

  • Available in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Most common style for children
  • Largest type of hearing aid
  • Receiver in ear canal connects to case behind the ear
  • Very easy to operate and adjust
  • For all types of hearing loss