Fareham Hearing Centre

Choosing Your Hearing Aid

Choosing the right hearing instruments comes down to a number of factors: your hearing loss, the features and look you prefer and your lifestyle.

The different types of hearing aid fitting are described below.  To help you determine which type of hearing instrument is best for you, your hearing healthcare professional will walk you through a number of considerations, including:

Degree of hearing loss: not all styles and technologies are appropriate for all hearing losses

Ear anatomy: some ear canals are very tiny, making it almost impossible to fit a completely-in-the-canal style (CIC)

Lifestyle: your different listening environments will help dictate the best hearing instrument to meet your needs

Manual dexterity: CIC, ITC, and ITE styles are easy to insert, but require steady hands

Design preference: choose from a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes

Budget: a wide range of prices to fit every budget

Invisible in the Canal
(IIC)

Appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss. Extremely discreet and near enough invisible hearing aid. This aid fits deep into the ear canal and closer to the ear drum. 

The fit is subject to the size of the person’s ear canal.

Completely in the Canal
(CIC)

Appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss.

This is a small, very discreet hearing aid.

In the Canal
(ITC)

Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. This hearing aid is typically customised to fit. 

It is very small and discreet.

In the Ear
(ITE)

Works well for people with mild to severe hearing loss. 

Fits completely inside the ear opening, therefore it is the most visible of styles.  Because of its size the battery lasts longer and can accommodate directional microphones and other additional features. 

Ideal for people with handling and dexterity issues.

Receiver in the Canal
(RIC)

Suitable for those with a mild to severe hearing loss. This hearing aid is similar in mechanics to the Behind the Ear, but is far smaller and more discreet. 

A very popular choice as the fitting does not block the ear and as such provides a more natural sound.

Behind the Ear
(BTE)

 This type of hearing aid can help people with all types of hearing loss – from mild to profound. 

The hearing aid sits behind the ear and connects to an acrylic ear mould which sits inside the ear

Find out more about the range of hearing aids we offer at Fareham Hearing Centre >>