Hearing Aid Styles

You want the right hearing aid for your lifestyle and comfort level. At SoundGate, we offer a wide range of technology, features, and hearing aid styles so we can find your perfect match. 

Not sure where to begin? That’s where our team comes in. We’ll walk you through every step so you can feel confident about your decision. 

To begin this process, go ahead and schedule a hearing aid evaluation. Then, we’ll help you discover the best hearing aids for you. 

Hearing Aids Technology

Our digital hearing aids vary in technological levels, to best work with your needs and preferences, from basic and entry-level options to advanced and premium selections. 

Basic and entry-level digital hearing aids typically require the wearer to make manual adjustments in specific listening environments (turning a volume control up or down or pushing a button to change listening programs).

Advanced or premium hearing aids respond automatically to changes in your environment, adjusting based on signals detected by the hearing aid. This means you don’t have to worry about making any manual changes. As the level of technology increases in hearing aids, so does the availability of advanced features. Learn more about these digitally advanced features below.

What to Consider When Selecting Hearing Aid Styles: 

  • The degree of the hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations
  • Lifestyle and listening needs

Hearing Aids Styles

Thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of internal components, hearing aids come in different sizes and styles. Many of today’s hearing aids are sleek, compact, and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.

In The Ear (ITE)

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. Here are a few styles we offer at SoundGate, ranging from smallest to largest: 


Invisible in Canal (IIC)

The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are designed specifically for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.


Completely in Canal (CIC)

One of the smallest custom styles, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They support mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

ITCIn the Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments fit mild and moderate hearing losses and sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life. They can host additional features such as volume controls and directional microphones to support better understanding in noisy environments.

Full Shell ITE

Full Shell In The Ear (ITE)

Full shell models sit flush within the entire ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power to support some severe hearing losses. Because of their flexibility, we recommended them for mild-to-severe hearing loss.

Behind The Ear

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear. Tubing or wiring routes sound down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in various colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print, and other funky designs to suit your style!  

Different BTE sizes accommodate additional features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power. Larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones. While many people choose discreet, unnoticeable BTEs, others love showing off the cool designs. Take a look at our available styles:


BTE With Earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through severe hearing losses. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style and the wearer’s hairstyle determine how they’ll look on each person.


Full Shell ITE

Receiver In Ear (RIC)

RIC models are mini BTEs with the instrument’s speaker incorporated in the ear tip instead of the main body. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses.

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