individuals have the experience and expertise needed to assist you
in selecting the hearing instrument that will provide you with the
optimal amplification for your individual hearing loss.
The proper selection of a hearing instrument encompasses not
only a person's hearing loss, but many other factors:
• A person's occupation
• Types of Hearing Instruments
The type of hearing instrument you need depends on your
individual hearing loss and the nature of that loss. There are five
basic types of hearing instruments:
- Behind-The-Ear (BTE) model is a small hearing instrument housed
in a curved case that fits securely behind the ear. It is attached
to the earmold by a short, plastic tube. Sound is delivered from
the hearing instrument through the earmold and into the ear canal.
BTE models will fit the widest range of hearing losses.
- In-The-Ear (ITE) model fits within the outer ear, extending
into the ear canal. This model accommodates wider varieties of
- In-The-Canal (ITC) fits within the canal portion of the ear and
is less visible.
- Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) fits deep in the canal and is
- Body Worn hearing instrument, though powerful with easy to
operate controls, has been replaced in most cases by the more
powerful smaller models of hearing instruments.