Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to treat different types and severity of hearing loss. While some are bigger than others and have different features, all hearing aids consist of the same three major parts: a microphone to capture sound, an amplifier to make it louder, and a speaker (or receiver) to process that sound so that you can hear it. Customizable features can include Bluetooth (for cell phones & wireless devices), telecoil (for looped venues and landline phones), and rechargeable batteries.

There are seven main styles of hearing aids, and each comes with its own set of benefits for the wearer.

Hearing Aid Styles

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

One of the smallest and most discreet options, invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids fit deeper in the ear canal and are functionally invisible to those around you. They are great for those with a more active lifestyle and can effectively treat mild to moderate hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Styles

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

Similar to IIC styles, completely-in-canal hearing aids sit snugly in the ear and are great for those with an active lifestyle, but they are not quite invisible. They are custom fit to sit comfortably in the canal with features for more control. This style is effective for most mild to moderate hearing losses.

Hearing Aid Styles

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Slightly larger than IIC and CIC styles, in-the-canal hearing aids are custom-molded to your unique ear shape and sit closer to the outer ear. They have a longer battery life than other smaller styles and are still suitable for active individuals. ITC hearing aids have the option of rechargeability, and a second microphone for better hearing in noise.

Hearing Aid Styles

In-the-Ear (ITE)

For those with dexterity issues or in need of more power, in-the-ear hearing aids are a great solution. They have a longer battery life, are easier to handle, and rechargeability is an option.


Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Among the most popular styles of hearing aids, receiver-in-canal devices are probably what most people think of when they envision a hearing aid. Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are lightweight and comfortable. This style can accommodate mild to severe hearing losses. Battery operated and rechargeable options are available.

Hearing Aid Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

The largest hearing aid available is the behind-the-ear style, where the vast majority of the device components sit behind the ear, and sound travels to the ear canal through acoustic tubing instead of a receiver. They are easily adjustable, have a long battery life (7 days or greater), and are a very reliable hearing aid option. Rechargeability is an option.

Hearing Aid Styles


Lyric is the world’s first and only 100% invisible extended-wear hearing device. It is placed deep in the ear canal by an audiologist and can be used 24/7 for months at a time, even while showering and sleeping.

Find the right hearing aid for you with Audiology Associates of Deerfield

Hearing loss is an experience that requires a personalized approach to treatment. Our team is dedicated to getting to know you so we can help you find a hearing device that will suit your unique needs and lifestyle.