In-the-Canal (ITC) and Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) aids are custom made hearing aids that house the electronics partly or completely in the ear canal. How invisible they are depends on a few factors such as the technology needed to meet the needs of the patient such as T coil, wireless connection, and the size of the ear canal.
Behind-the-Ear. Also known as BTE hearing aids. With conventional BTE aids, a custom earmold attaches to the hearing aid and channels the sound into your ear. The earmold is made by making a silicone impression of your ear and ear canal. It is then sent to a lab which makes the customized earmold. These hearing aids are very sturdy and also have the potential for the most power. In recent years, more powerful RIC and RITE hearing aids have become available with custom earmolds to fit more severe hearing loss. With power RIC and RITE devices, the ear canal is not open as described above, but is occluded or partially occluded to allow for more amplification of sound. These smaller BTE aids also have great cosmetic appeal.
Mini BTE – Receiver in the canal style. This style places the receiver in the ear canal with standard dome or a custom made ear mold, it is very discrete, hardly seen by others, can be fit to different degrees of losses if a customized mold is used as well as a power receiver.
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