Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) and “Slim Tube” hearing devices are the most unobtrusive hearing instrument a person can wear. It keeps the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of this style hearing device is limited based on the degree of hearing loss.
Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) and a custom In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing instrument fills the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs, a tele-coil or Bluetooth™ compatibility.
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) instruments are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs, tele-coil, and Bluetooth™ compatibility are available. This style is a good choice for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and accumulative cerumen (earwax).