Behind the Ear (BTE): All of the electronics are held in a case that fits behind the ear. Tubing and an ear mold are created to route the sound to the ear canal.. Typically BTE listening devices are able to provide more amplification than smaller devices due to the larger power capabilities of the battery. The casing is available in several colors.
In the Ear (ITE): All components of the instrument are housed in a case that fits into the ear canal.
In the Canal (ITC): This unit is smaller than ITE’s and fits further into the ear canal. ITC has less bulk in the cavity. This device is used for mild to moderate hearing losses but usually has fewer features available due to size constraints.
Completely in the Canal (CIC): These listening devices fit further in the ear canal and closer to the eardrum. However, they are restricted to persons with ear canals large enough to accommodate the insertion depth of the instrument into the ear.
Mini-tube: The mini tube is in addition to the Behind The Ear style. This thin, discreet piece, designed with form and fashion in mind, adds on to the BTE to bring a sleek look to the device and can be used for many different degrees of hearing loss.
Receiver in the ear (RITE): This hybrid device is also very fashion forward and positions the speaker directly in the ear canal and the amplifier is placed behind the ear. RITE devices are designed to enhance clarity for users with a variety of needs.