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Our guide to the 4 most common types of hearing aid

After living with hearing loss, having your first pair of hearing aids fitted is an amazing feeling. Your quality of life will drastically improve and social situations are no longer a struggle.

When you’re beginning your journey to better hearing, it might seem overwhelming. With today’s technology and advancements in hearing treatment, there are hundreds of hearing aid options for you to choose between. At The Hearing Care Centre, we’re dedicated to ensuring that we find the right hearing device for you.

This guide will explore the main four types of hearing aids and how they can benefit different individuals and hearing requirements. We hope that this is a useful starting point for you to begin to consider which type of hearing aid you might like to try. If you’re still unsure, don’t worry, our expert audiologists are here to discuss your options and help find the right hearing aid for you.

Behind the ear (BTE)

Considered the most common type of hearing aids, behind the ear (BTE) devices are great for most levels of hearing loss. They are your “typical” hearing aid style and tend to be visible from the back and side due to their small plastic arch which fits comfortably around the ear.

BTE aids are very comfortable and fit your individual ear using a custom-made earmould. Attached to the earmould is a small tube which connects to the plastic arch that sits around the ear.

This type of hearing aid is suitable for most forms of hearing loss and is generally considered the easiest to use. At The Hearing Care Centre, we supply BTE hearing aids from a wide range of manufacturers meaning there’s a model for all tastes and preferences!

In the ear (ITE)

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids are a slightly more discrete hearing device option. They fit just inside the opening of the ear, without the plastic outer ear section.

To achieve a snug and comfortable fit, earmoulds are used. This means that ITE hearing aids tend to only be seen from the side of the ear, rather than the side and back as with BTE aids.

Like BTE hearing aids, ITEs are suitable for most kinds of hearing loss. If you are concerned about the visual appearance of your devices, they could be a great option for you due to their more subtle design.

In the canal (ITC)

In the canal (ITC) hearing aids fit inside the opening of the ear and extend into the ear canal. They are less visible than BTE and ITE hearing aids and much smaller. This is great if you’re conscious about others seeing your hearing aids!

If you are experiencing severe hearing loss, it is likely that ITC hearing aids won’t be suitable for you. Their smaller size mean that they are not powerful enough for those with intense hearing loss. However, if your hearing loss is mild to moderate, then they could be a great match for you!

Invisible hearing aids


Invisible hearing aids are exactly that, so small that they are almost invisible to others. Invisible devices are the smallest hearing aids that have been developed and fit further into the ear canal than any other type.

Invisible hearing aids are a huge benefit to those keen to hide their devices from others however, they do pose some drawbacks. Invisible devices tend to be very small in size and therefore unable to help those with severe hearing loss.

Their minute size also makes them a little bit fiddly and may mean they require fitting and removal by one of our audiologists. If this isn’t too much of a worry and, your hearing loss is mild to moderate, then they may be perfect for you!

We hope that this initial guide to the different types of hearing devices was helpful. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to better hearing or, simply have a question to ask one of our audiologists, please get in touch today.

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