BTE hearing aids are sturdy and easy to maintain because the circuitry is securely housed in a plastic case behind the ear. This hearing aid will need to be worn with an earmold and is appropriate for those with a severe to profound hearing loss.
RIC hearing aids are also called mini-BTE (mBTE) because the hearing aid also sits behind the ear. However, they are much smaller than BTEs with earmolds; therefore, they are more comfortable and discrete. These hearing aids may also come in rechargeable options. RIC hearing aids are a suitable option for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
ITE hearing aids are made to fit inside the ear canal. They are slightly larger than devices that work inside the ear canal; due to their larger size, it is easier to manage for those with dexterity issues. ITE hearing aids are appropriate for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
ITC hearing aids fit in the ear canal. They are smaller than the ITE models. However, they are larger than and easier to manage than the CIC and IIC options.
CIC hearing aids fit entirely in the ear canal. They are nearly invisible. CIC hearing aids are appropriate for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
IIC hearing aids are placed deep in the ear canal, and are barely (if at all) visible at all to others. IIC are suitable for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.