There are five different styles of hearing aids.
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC): These hearing aids consist of a miniature Behind-the-Ear hearing aid and a thin tube with a soft rubber tip that fits in the ear. With its miniature case and thin tubing, these hearing aids are cosmetically appealing and one of the most popular styles. This style can use a hollow tube or a receiver in the ear to direct sound to the eardrum.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE): These hearing aids fit comfortably behind the ear and are attached to a custom ear mold by a tube connected to the hearing aid.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): These hearing aids are custom-made to fit completely in the ear canal and can be almost invisible.
In-the-Canal (ITC): These hearing aids fit into the ear canal and are slightly larger than the CIC style.
In-the-Ear (ITE): These hearing aids are custom-made to fill the outer ear area and are larger than the ITC style.
There are a variety of factors that influence a person’s choice of hearing aid including the shape of the ear, and degree of hearing loss.