Styles of Hearing Aids

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an impressive technological revolution in the realm of hearing aids. Here at Rawls Clinical Audiology, we take pride in our exclusive partnerships with the industry’s premier brands, guaranteeing our clients access to high-quality, comfortable, and economically viable devices. Notably, the spectrum of options in the hearing aid industry has expanded significantly. These options can be broadly categorized into two primary types: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE) devices.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids​

Mini BTE

The Mini Behind-the-Ear (BTE) device stands out as the most compact option on the market. Its innovative design delivers a natural hearing experience, integrating a soft tip and tubing to facilitate airflow and allow amplified sounds to enter the ear. This unique combination guarantees unparalleled sound quality and maximum user comfort.

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

RITE hearing aids distinguish themselves through their distinctive design. Unlike traditional hearing aids, RITE hearing aids feature a built-in speaker in the ear tip rather than the body of the device. This pioneering approach not only provides a more discreet appearance but also renders them almost invisible to others. With a size comparable to Mini BTE hearing aids, the RITE style offers a compact and inconspicuous option for individuals seeking exceptional comfort and performance.

BTE with Earmold

The BTE with Earmold provides patients with a wide range of advanced features and an extended battery life. This outstanding device incorporates a custom-shaped earmold that is positioned at the tip of its tubing, resulting in accurate sound delivery directly to the ear canal. This design, which is slightly larger and contoured to match the natural shape of the ear, enhances both comfort and performance. With the BTE with Earmold, users can enjoy an unmatched level of auditory satisfaction.

In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

Invisible In-the-Canal (IIC)

Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) devices are specifically designed to sit deep within the ear canal, making them the smallest hearing aids currently available in the market. Despite their remarkably compact size, these devices offer exceptional functionality, significantly improving sound quality and clarity for individuals with hearing impairments. The inconspicuous nature of IIC devices allows for a discreet and effective solution to enhance one's auditory experience.

Completely In-the-Canal (CIC)

Compared to the Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) devices, the Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids have a slightly larger size. However, they still provide a discreet and inconspicuous form factor. CIC hearing aids are specifically designed to fit comfortably inside your ear canal, offering a nearly invisible solution for discreet hearing assistance.

In-the-Canal (ITC) or Half Shell

The In-the-Canal (ITC) device is an excellent choice for patients who require advanced features such as volume control, directional microphones, and a longer battery life. Designed to fit comfortably in the lower part of the outer ear bowl, these discreet devices offer a seamless user experience. With a slightly larger form factor compared to Completely-in-Canal (CIC) devices, ITC devices cater to individuals seeking enhanced functionality without sacrificing discretion.

In-the-Ear (ITE) or Full Shell

An In-The-Ear (ITE) device is commonly recommended for individuals who experience more severe hearing loss. This device takes up the entire outer bowl of the ear, ensuring a comfortable fit. Apart from its larger size, the ITE device is equipped with advanced features including volume controls and an extended battery life. These features contribute to a convenient and personalized experience for individuals in search of effective hearing solutions.