Receiver-In-The Ear (RITE) and “Slim Tube” hearing devices are the most unobtrusive type of hearing instrument currently available. This style keeps the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation. The appropriateness of these hearing devices is limited based on the degree of hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) instruments are appropriate for hearing losses that are mild to profound. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs and a telecoil for compatibility are available for these models. This style is best suited for pediatric patients and individuals with excessive moisture and accumulative cerumen (earwax).
In-the-Ear (ITE) custom hearing instruments fill the outer portion of the ear. This style is appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses and may include features such as directional microphones, multiple listening programs and a telecoil.
In-the-Canal (ITC) style hearing instruments are smaller than the full-shell ITE and are appropriate for hearing losses from mild to moderately severe. Options are limited due to size restrictions. Good manual dexterity is more important for this style.