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Types of Hearing Aids

There are five most common types of hearing aids. All fit in or behind the ear; the type of hearing aids you can wear will vary depending upon the degree of hearing loss and your personal preferences.

Behind-the-ear (BTE): many people with mild to severe hearing loss choose BTEs because they are comfortable and sit discreetly behind each ear. They are connected by a clear plastic tube to an earmold that sits inside the ear canal.

In-the-ear (ITE): a custom shell holds the hearing aid in the outer part of the ear. Often a good choice for those with dexterity issues.

In-the-canal (ITC): the custom mold sits partly in the ear canal. Easy to use and suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in the-canal (CIC): the mold fits completely in the ear canal making this a very discreet choice for hearing aid wearers with mild to moderate loss and good dexterity.

Invisible Open Technology (IOT): follows the ear’s contours, leaving the canal open and allowing for very natural sounds and voices.

Find a clinic near you for a free hearing test. Your Sears Hearing Care Professional will recommend the right hearing aid technology for your individual hearing loss and personal preferences.

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