Hearing Aid Types and Styles

Hoffmann Audiology is your trusted neighborhood hearing aid center in Irvine, CA. Our compassionate approach and expertise in hearing aid programming, performance testing, and maintenance enable us to positively influence the hearing health of our patients. We are committed to providing the best hearing solutions for our patients in Irvine, CA and surrounding areas including Tustin, Costa Mesa, and Santa Ana.

Our hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles to ensure that you find the perfect model to fit your preferences, hearing requirements, lifestyle, and budget. Our hearing aid models combine a customized experience for each patient while providing the latest hearing technology at prices you can afford.

What to Look for When Selecting a Hearing Aid

Consider these things when selecting a hearing aid that fits your style and requirements:

Different Types of hearing aids

Thanks to the advancements in technology and miniaturization of the internal components that hearing aids are available in all sizes and styles, including the wireless Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids. At Hoffmann Audiology, we work with all major hearing aid manufacturers to provide you the most suitable hearing aid that fits with your unique hearing needs.

In the Ear (ITE)

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids are easy to adjust and are custom-made for you based on a cast or impression of your ear. The result is a hearing aid that fits within the outer portion of the ear and is comfortable to wear. ITE hearing aids are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. They are available in different sizes and styles with a variety of color options. See below.


Invisible In Canal (IIC)

The smallest custom hearing aid style, IIC devices are placed deeply into the ear canal and generally are not visible when in the ear. They are recommended for mild to moderate hearing loss where cosmetic concerns are significant.


Completely In Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids fit completely into the ear canal. Although they are somewhat more visible in the ear but with careful color choice can still hide quite well. CICs are best suited for mild to moderate hearing loss.


In The Canal (ITC)

ITC hearing aids are designed to fit into the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Compared with smaller devices, ITCs usually use a larger, longer-lasting battery, but still are best suited to mild to moderate loss.


Full Shell In The Ear (ITE)

ITE hearing devices fill the bowl of the ear. Again compared with smaller devices, ITEs offer more power and, generally, longer battery life with larger and easier-to-handle batteries. They are recommended for those who have mild to severe hearing loss and, as the largest of the custom in-ear devices, are often the best choice for a patient with dexterity and/or visual limitations.

Behind The Ear (BTE)

These hearing devices consist of a body which houses the electronics and sits behind the ear, a custom mold which fits into the ear itself, and a clear tube which connects the two. These are the most powerful hearing aids available and are suited even to severe and profound hearing losses. They are available in a variety of colors and sizes to match skin tone, hair color, power needs, and ear shape, and generally use the largest batteries for longest battery life. There are several styles as listed below.


Mini BTE with Slim Tube and Tip

Mini BTE hearing devices are designed to sit behind the ear. The mini BTE, though, is much smaller, and rather than using a large diameter tube and custom mold, the mini BTE uses a very slim tube and a small, flexible dome in the ear. These hearing aids are surprisingly discrete – often nearly invisible – and very comfortable. They are suited for mild to moderate hearing loss.


Receiver In Canal (RIC)

Similar in appearance to the mini BTE, the RIC hearing aid differs in that rather than using a slim, hollow tube, the RIC actually places the speaker (receiver) inside the ear canal. This combines the comfort and cosmetic advantages of the mini BTE with the clarity and power provided by having the speaker close to the eardrum. These aids are suitable for mild to severe loss and are especially effective for the very common high-frequency hearing loss.

If you are looking for quality and affordable hearing aids in Irvine, CA, contact us at 949-536-5180 to schedule an appointment.

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