Types of Hearing Aids

What Are the Best Hearing Aids for You?

AccuQuest is proud to sell, fit, and service some of the most advanced hearing aids ever. Hearing aids come in many different sizes and styles. Some are designed to fit in virtually any ear, and others require custom ear-molds to personalize the fit. The question of what the best hearing aids and most appropriate for you will be answered by a combination of factors including: lifestyle, hearing loss severity, cosmetic preferences, and budget.

Your audiologist* or hearing aid specialist will provide you with a thorough evaluation and consultation to help you determine the best solution for getting you back to better hearing. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have an idea of what your options are and what the best hearing aids are before you go in for your appointment with one of our friendly professionals. Here is a quick run down of the different types and styles of hearing aids.

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)

IIC hearing aids are called “invisible” for a reason as they rest comfortably in the second bend of your ear canal, beginning where most other hearing aids end. This allows it to use the ear’s natural acoustics and anatomy to deliver more precise, natural sound. Invisible-In-Canal hearing aids can be removed and reinserted daily to promote better hearing health and are among some of the most popular and more affective hearing aids on the market today.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids can barely be seen by others as they are housed within a tiny shell that fits comfortably and completely into each ear canal. The device is removed from the ear canal by pulling a tiny cord. These miniature hearing devices are both powerful and cosmetically appealing, however, but they lack some features, such as manual volume control, due to its small size. Completely-In-Canal hearing aids may be a little difficult to operate, especially if the user has poor dexterity. These hearing aids are suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses.

In-The-Canal (ITC)

ITC hearing aids are less noticeable and are very easy to operate, even if the user has poor dexterity. In-The-Canal hearing aids are housed within a custom-made shell that fits comfortably inside the canal of each ear and delivers sound directly to the inner ear. These hearing aids are suitable for mild to moderate hearing losses.

In-The-Ear (ITE)

ITE hearing aids are very easy to operate, even if the user has poor dexterity. In-The-Ear hearing aids are housed within a custom-made shell that fits comfortably inside each ear to deliver sound directly to the ear. These hearing aids are suitable for moderate to severe hearing losses.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) or Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE)

RIC hearing aids are large enough for patients with dexterity issues to handle with ease, and powerful enough to compensate for even severe hearing. The hearing device is housed in a curved shell that sits behind the ear while the clear tube hooks over the ear and the small receiver on the end will sit all the way inside the ear canal making it nearly undetectable.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids are extremely flexible for all types of hearing loss. These hearing device is housed within a curved shell that sits behind each ear and delivers sound through a clear tube. The clear tube typically fits into a mold that has been customized to comfortably fit inside each ear, however these are now available with an open fit style as well.

You now know a little more about your hearing aid options and the best hearing aids on the market. Selecting the hearing aid that is right for you is a critical step on the path to better hearing, but it is just one step. We invite you to see What to Expect at your appointment to see more. If you don’t have an appointment yet, schedule your complimentary hearing evaluation with a friendly and highly trained hearing aid specialist near you by calling (888) 264-2882.

*In the state of Ohio, we employ Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists, Hearing Instrument Specialists, and Hearing Aid Dealers. For the purposes of fitting a hearing aid, these specialists perform the following procedures: tests of threshold, Puretone air and Bone-conduction; tests of tolerance, most comfortable listening level (MCL) and uncomfortable listening level (UCL); tests of speech awareness and reception (SRT) and speech understanding or discrimination (WDS); Video Otoscopy is used for the purpose of inspecting the ear canal.