How we can help
Different hearing aids types

Hearing aid types

Are you looking for hearing aids? Hearing aids come in a variety of types and styles, which can be broken into two main categories. We will talk about each type of hearing aid as well as the advantages and disadvantages of them.
Book an appointment

Find the Types of Hearing Aids That Suit You

If you are thinking of getting hearing aids for the first time, you should know that there are six main types of hearing aids. Each of these types comes in different sizes, styles, and processing power.  You will find that some types will suit your needs better than others, depending on a few factors. They include the severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your preferences for the look and style.

There are two main groups for these hearing aid types — Behind-The-Ear and In-The-Ear models. Behind-The-Ear models have the main unit with the batteries, processor, and other components placed  behind your ear. ln-The-Ear models have the main unit inside your ear. Each of these groups has three variations, where there are slight differences between them as far as size, power, and  functionality.

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
    Main unit with the batteries, processor, and other components placed behind your ear.
  • In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
    Main unit inside your ear.
Widex moment BTE RD (behind the ear) hearing aids shown in a pearl white colour.
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids


Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are among the most common types of hearing aids. They are typically the largest type, although advancements in hearing aid technology have led to smaller BTE models than in the past.
Learn more
Widex evoke RIC 312-D.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids


Receiver-ln-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are a variation of Behind-The-Ear (BTE) models. Almost everything that was said about BTE hearing aids above is the same for RIC hearing aids.
Learn more
Widex evoke pearl white RITE.
Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids


Receiver-ln-The-Ear (RITE) hearing aids are very similar to RIC hearing aids. They also have the main unit housing the microphone, battery and sound processor. The main unit transmits the sound via a wire connecting the main unit to the dome.
Learn more
Widex moment BTE RD (behind the ear) hearing aids shown in a pearl white colour.
In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids


In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids are the second main group of hearing aid types. They have much more distinct differences compared to all the Behind-The-Ear models. Like the name implies, ITE hearing aids have all the components in the ear itself, not behind it.

Learn more
Completely in canal micro hearing aid, in the colours light beige, blue and red.
Completely-In-Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids


Completely-in-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are a smaller variation of ITE hearing aids. Instead of sitting in the outer bowl of your ears, they sit completely within your ear canal. By necessity, this means that CIC hearing aids are smaller in order to fit in the more confined space.
Learn more
Invisible in canal IIC heairng aid.
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) Hearing Aids


Invisible-ln-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest, least noticeable type of hearing aid you can get. They are small enough to fit so far into your ear canal that they are completely invisible unless you are looking directly into the person's ear.
Learn more
Widex Cros hearing aids will help you hear from both ears if you are deaf or has severe hearing loss on one ear
CROS Hearing Aids


On top of the six main types of hearing aids, there is one other type that has a different functionality. They are called CROS hearing aids, which stands for "Contralateral Routing of Signal". They are meant for people who have severe hearing loss, including deafness, in only one ear, but whose other ear does not have hearing loss.
Learn more
Discover the types of Hearing Aids

You might be interested in...

Talk to a Hearing Care Professional in one of our centres.

Book appointment

You have questions or need assistance?

Call us 1-866-578-0279
Canada map

Find a hearing centre near you