Types of Hearing Technology
The Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) is 100% invisible and sits comfortably inside the second bend of your ear canal. The IIC is custom fit and is for a range of hearing change but is not suitable for everyone.
These devices fit Completely-in-the-canal (CIC). Only the head of a tiny plastic line with which you insert or remove the instrument shows above the canal. Although CIC instruments offer aesthetic appeal, the structure of some individuals’ ears may make this style unsuitable for them.
In-the-canal (ITC) instruments are smaller still, featuring an earmould that fits into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear. They’re discreet, yet partially visible within the outer ear and for a mild to mildly severe hearing change.
In-the-ear (ITE) instruments house their technology components in a custom-formed earmould that fits within the outer portion of the ear. ITEs are for wearers with a mild to severe hearing change & sometimes feature easy-to-use controls which are ideal for those with limited manual dexterity.
The Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) device is small, discreet and incredibly quick-to-fit and perfect for many first-time wearers. A RIC places the miniature speaker directly in the ear canal, enhancing both comfort and sound quality.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) instruments rest behind the ear and house the device’s technology. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmould or slim tube inside the ear canal. Often the most durable hearing devices - some are even waterproof!