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All hearing aids contain:

  • a microphone to pick up sounds,
  • an amplifier to make sounds louder,
  • a receiver to send the louder signals to the eardrum
  • and a battery to act as the power source.

There are five main types of hearing aids:

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) micro-technology allows this type of hearing aid to be worn deep inside the ear canal. CICs are so tiny, they are almost invisible when worn.
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller than the ITE style and are also custom made to fit the size and shape of your ear canal.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom-made and fit comfortably inside the ear.
The behind-the-ear (BTE) style sits behind the ear, while the amplified sound passes down a tube to a customized earmold which fits in your ear.
Open-Ear hearing aids are the newest design to reduce or eliminate that echo or plugged up feeling wearers can sometimes experience (referred to as the occlusion effect). They are easy to wear and barely noticeable.

If you have any questions regarding hearing or hearing aids, contact us at Port Perry Audiology.