Styles of Hearing Aids

Behind-The-Ear Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
BTE instruments’ technology is housed in a casing that rests behind the ear. A clear plastic tube then directs amplified sound into an earmold inside the ear canal.
Mini Behind-The-Ear Mini Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
The mini BTE rests behind the ear. The case at the back of the ear houses the technology, while a clear tube then directs amplified sound into the ear canal via an earmold or earbud.
Receiver-In-Canal Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)
The receiver-in-canal device is small, discreet, and incredibly quick to fit; perfect for many first-time wearers.
Receiver-In-Canal Absolute Power Receiver-In-Canal Absolute Power (RIC AP)
The receiver-in-canal Absolute Power instrument combines a custom-formed earmold with the sleek, sophisticated receiver-in-canal instrument allowing people with even the most severe hearing loss to enjoy style without sacrificing power and performance.
Invisible-In-Canal Invisible-In-Canal (IIC)
Our newest custom fit style is truly 100% invisible when worn. Living in the second bend of the ear, the IIC comes complete with Starkey’s industry-leading technology.
Completely-In-Canal Completely-In-Canal (CIC)
These devices fit completely in the canal. Only the head of a tiny plastic line — with which you insert or remove the instrument — shows above the canal.
In-The-Canal In-The-Canal (ITC)
In-the-canal instruments feature an earmold that fits down into the ear canal and a smaller portion that faces out into the outer ear.
In-The-Ear In-The-Ear (ITE)
In-the-ear instruments house the technology components in a custom-formed earmold that fits within the outer portion of the ear.


Style descriptions and images courtesy of Starkey Labs.