Hearing Aid Styles

From larger devices that are easier to handle, to tiny, or nearly invisible devices that are concealed within the ear canal, Richmond Hearing Consultants has options sure to meet your hearing and cosmetic needs.

Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and styles — and are now more comfortable and easy to use than ever before. Most all of our hearing aids are available in the full range of fitting styles you’ll see below.

All hearing aids consist of these essential components: a nano microchip processor, one or more microphones, an amplifier, and a speaker (also called a ‘receiver’). Where these are placed on the device varies by style, as does the internal circuitry that determines the sound quality and critical sound-processing features — like background noise reduction.

Receiver in the canal  hearing aid Receiver in the canal hearing aid

Receiver in the Canal (RIC) Hearing Aid

For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

  • May leave the ear open depending on the hearing loss.
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling.
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn.
CIC Hearing Aid CIC Hearing Aid

Completely in the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aid

For people with mild to severe hearing loss.

  • Molded to fit deeply within the ear canal.
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise.
  • Nearly invisible in most ears.
ITC Hearing Aid ITC Hearing Aid

In the Canal (ITC) Hearing Aid

For people with mild to severe hearing loss.

  • Fits in the ear canal.
  • Barely visible.
  • Smallest size available with directional technology to hear better in noise.
ITE Hearing Aid ITE Hearing Aid

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid

For people with mild to severe hearing loss.

  • Fits directly into external ear.
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease.
  • Larger battery for ease of insertion and longer life.
BTE Hearing Aid BTE Hearing Aid

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid

For mild to profound hearing loss

  • Fits behind the ear.
  • Smaller than mini and standard behind-the-ear hearing devices.
  • May leave the ear open depending on the hearing loss.
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling.
  • Custom earpieces can be molded to fit your outer ear.
  • Appropriate for people of all ages.