Types of Hearing Aids

At Beethoven Hearing Centre, we carry the most advanced brands of hearing aids. They come in a variety of styles and models, with some being worn inside the ear, and some outside the ear. They are also designed to treat a wide range of hearing loss, from mild to severe.

The images and descriptions below will give you a general overview of the types of hearing aids available. Should your hearing test results confirm that you would benefit from a hearing instrument, we will help you choose the technology that’s right for you.

BTE (Behind-the-Ear)

  • The functioning unit is located behind the ear.
  • The digitally corrected sound is brought into the ear via a tiny, clear tube that is nearly invisible. A soft silicone “dome” at the end of the tube keeps it comfortably in place. These units are very easy to handle and clean, though some may not like a hearing aid that is visible outside of the ear.

ITE (In-the-Ear)

  • These hearing aids are located in the outer ear.
  • Less visible than the BTE models, but still large enough for easy handling.

ITC (In-the-Canal) and CIC (Completely-in-the-Canal)

  • These hearing aids are located mainly (ITC) or totally (CIC) in the canal of the ear.
  • Naturally, this makes them the most appealing model to most clients, but it should be considered that some may have difficulties cleaning or handling the aids.
  • A tiny, barely visible nylon wire pokes out just enough for the wearer to pull on to remove the aid after it’s been inserted.

Receiver-in-canal (RIC) / Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE)

  • These hearing aids are very discreet yet very powerful. The receiver/loudspeaker is placed in the ear canal therefore reducing the size of the hearing aid. 
  • RIC/RITE’s are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.


  • Rechargeable hearing aids have built-in batteries that re-charge using a portable charging station.
  • They offer all the same benefits as battery charging hearing aids but with the ease of not having to fiddle with the replacement of small hearing aid batteries.