Hearing Aid Overview

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Hearing aids are one of those devices that most of us haven’t given much thought to until hearing loss becomes prevalent in our lives.

At this time, a quick online search will unveil a vast array of hearing aid brands, styles and features. While this is exciting because it means that there is a hearing aid to meet almost every users’ needs, it can also feel a bit overwhelming.

At dB Hearing Centers, you will never be alone in choosing your hearing aids, as Dawn will work with you every step of the way in choosing a hearing aid that is the best match for your unique hearing profile and life circumstances. We will work together to find the hearing aids that are best for your life style, hearing need and budget.

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Hearing Aid Styles


Hearing aid styles refer to how a hearing aid fits into and onto your ears. In most cases, the style of a hearing aid does not determine its features. In fact, many manufacturers create a hearing aid series, which includes the same features and technology in a range of hearing aid styles. Hearing aid manufacturers tend to use a uniform set of acronyms to identify the various hearing aid styles.
Receiver-in-Canal hearing aid

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)

Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) – sometimes also called Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) – hearing instruments include a case that sits behind your ear. But unlike traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE) devices, the receiver (or “loudspeaker”) piece goes inside your ear. This allows these devices to be smaller than BTEs.

Behind-the-Ear hearing aid

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an earmold that fits in your ear canal. Behind the Ear Hearing aids are the perfect choice if you want extra power in a stylish design.

In-The-Ear hearing aid style

In-The-Ear (ITE)

IN-THE-EAR (ITE) ITE hearing aids are suitable for most types of hearing losses. They are usually small like an ear tip and sit in the outer portion of the ear canal. Depending on the size of the ear canal an in the ear hearing aid may be relatively discreet.

In-The-Canal hearing aid

In-The-Canal (ITC)

In the Canal ITC -style hearing aids are custom-made, based on an impression taken of your ear canal and the surrounding area. They are slightly larger than completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids, but still considered cosmetically appealing. All of the components in an ITC hearing aid are encased within a lightweight plastic shell. This type is a bit more discreet.

Completely-in-Canal hearing aid

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

Completely in Canal (CIC) hearing aids. A very small hearing aid that fits comfortably completely inside your ear canal to help with mild to moderate hearing loss. These are also custom made.

Invisible-In-Canal hearing aid style

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)

Invisible in the Ear IIC- They are hidden deep in the ear canal and, like most hearing aids, there are a number of styles or variations to invisible hearing aids. They are the most discreet of all hearing aid styles. Some are custom molded to fit so snugly inside of the ear canal that they become completely invisible to others, some manufactures make IIC’s that are one size fit all. Ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Features


Modern hearing aids are chock full of incredible features meant to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Some of the common features include:
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Speech Intelligibility Technology

Making communicating easier and more enjoyable, even in noisy environments
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Tinnitus Treatments

Helping alleviate that annoying buzzing or ringing.
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Connectivity Features

Keeping you connected to the technology you need and the people you love.