Types of Hearing Aids - Hillsborough & Watchung, NJ

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids are worn comfortably behind the ear, with a custom earpiece made specifically to fit the shape of your ear.  Tubing connects the hearing aid to the custom ear piece.  They are available in many different colors, styles, and designs.  They are extremely flexible and can be fit for all types of hearing loss, from mild to profound.  They typically use size 13 or 675 batteries.


Receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids are also worn behind the ear.  Instead of tubing and a custom ear piece, the hearing aid receiver is in the ear canal and is attached to the hearing aid behind the ear by a small wire.  They are available in many different colors, styles, and designs and are difficult to see when placed in the ear.  These models are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.  They typically use size 312 batteries.


In the ear (ITE) custom hearing aids are made specifically to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort.  They are unobtrusive and very effective.  They are easy to operate are usually the best choice for people with poor dexterity.  The smallest models sit in your ear canal and are virtually invisible.  These models are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.  They use size 10, 312, or 13 batteries.