Understand Hearing Aid Styles
Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids: Most parts of the hearing aid are contained in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear. The case is connected to the ear mold or the earpiece by a piece of clear tubing. This style can accommodate various ear mold types, and can serve many needs. This is a good choice for children because the ear mold will need to be replaced as the child grows, but the case behind the ear continues to be useful. These aids are easy to clean and handle, and are relatively sturdy.
In-the-ear (ITE) aids: With in the ear aids, all parts of the hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear. The in-the-ear aids are larger than the in-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal aids, and for some people may be easier to handle than smaller aids.
In-the-canal (ITC) aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) aids: These hearing aids are contained in tiny cases that fit partly or completely into the ear canal. They are the smallest hearing aids available and offer cosmetic and some listening advantages. However, their small size may make them difficult to handle and adjust for some people.