The ITE style offers a wide range of features and sits entirely inside the bowl of the ear, making it a discreet hearing solution. It's ideal for patients with moderately active lifestyles and offers a wide range of features, making it ideal for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.
The housing of this hearing aid completely fills the concha. The advantages include a longer battery life, the availability of a power version for severe hearing loss, and improved operation.
This is a small and discreet custom model. The hearing aid housing sits in the ear canal, thus only filling half of the concha.
The smallest custom model, the CIC offers the ultimate in discretion as it is virtually invisible from the outside. These devices typically have a nylon strand to facilitate removal from the ear.
This subgroup of CIC devices are hearing aids that are worn deep in the ear canal making them completely discreet. Phonak's Lyric is an example of an IIC hearing aid.
IIC hearing aids sit deep inside the ear canal and are almost impossible to see. These can be worn for extended periods and must be inserted and removed by a hearing professional.
Nonetheless, their discreet appearance makes them a popular choice among wearers looking for a more aesthetically pleasing model. Due to the small size of the hearing aid, these aren't as powerful as other options and offer fewer features, such as a telecoil.