There are two basic category styles to hearing aids. There are hearing aids that go behind –the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE). These two basic categories can be separated even further.
BTE Style Hearing Aids
Receiver in the ear (RIC)
Very popular choice as it leaves the ear open with no plugging feel while still giving you the volume you need to hear better. The slimming wire allows the hearing aid to be concealed and the behind-the-ear component is very lightweight. The receiver is located in the ear canal and may be enclosed in a dome earpiece or an earmold (custom fit earpiece). The appropriateness of the device will depend on the degree of your hearing loss. Can have Bluetooth/wireless technology capability.
Traditional behind-the-ear (BTE)
All of the hearing aid components are housed within the device that fits behind the ear. A slim tube or regular tubing extends to the dome ear piece or earmold (custom fit ear piece) located at the end of the wire. Regular bi-yearly maintenance is recommended to maintain the tubing of the aid. These devices are appropriate for any hearing loss. This style is preferred for pediatric patients and patients with excessive moisture and earwax. Can have Bluetooth/wireless technology capability.