Types of Hearing Aids

The hearing experts at Clifton Springs Hearing Center in Pittsford and Clifton Springs, New York understand the positive changes that can occur when a patient is fitted with the proper hearing aid or listening device. The right hearing aid can have an extremely positive impact on your life.

Once we've determined that hearing aids would work for you, we'll discuss your options and make recommendations based on your specific needs.

Completely-in-the-canal style hearing aids (CIC): The smallest and most discreet. These fit completely in the canal and are made to fit your ears. There is a clear nylon post to help with insertion and removal. They are powered with a #10 hearing aid battery.

In-the-Canal style hearing aids (ITC): Larger than the CIC devices. These fit within the ear canal and are custom-made. They are powered by a #312 or #10 hearing aid battery.

In-the-Ear style hearing aids (ITE): Fit in the "bowl" of the ear. Made to fit your ears, the lightweight and compact size makes these instruments comfortable and easy to manage. They are powered by a #13 or #312 battery.

Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE): Similar to conventional BTE devices. These types of hearing aids are much smaller, and more discreet than the BTE style. A very small tube leads to the ear canal making this option much more cosmetically appealing while offering superior sound quality.

Behind-the-Ear style hearing aids (BTE): Largest modern hearing aid. The processing components are housed in a case that fits behind the ear. Sounds enter the instrument, are amplified, and travel through a tube that is contoured over the top of the listener's ear and into an earmold inside the ear. BTEs are durable, easy to handle and maintain, and can be easily adapted for use with the wide variety of assistive listening devices.


Our audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest technological advancements in the hearing aid industry to offer you current options. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-827-0140 or via the Appointments page.