Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are available in a number of different types or ‘styles’. Often a particular style of hearing aid will be more suitable for you than others. Suitability of a style of hearing aid can depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss as well as the size and shape of your ear canal.

During your assessment appointment your clinician will discuss with you hearing aids most suited to both your hearing needs and lifestyle.

Many people assume that the size, shape and style of a hearing aid directly relates to it’s price. Generally the assumption is that the smaller or more discreet a hearing aid is, the more expensive it must be.

This is not the case.
Each style of hearing aid is generally available in three or four different levels of technology. As the level of technology increases, the features, advantages and benefits of the hearing aids also increase. The price of each hearing aid is directly related to it’s technology level and not it’s style or size.

Behind the Ear (BTE)

Starkey BTE with Tubing

  • Suitable for mild to profound hearing loss
  • Highly water resistant and dust proof models available
  • Wide range of colours available
  • Wireless functionality available in some models
  • Generally have larger batteries which last longer and are easier to handle

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Starkey RIC XINO Red

  • Available in open fit for increased comfort
  • Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Slim line design feels lighter and is less visible
  • Wide range of colours available
  • Reduced occlusion (feeling blocked up)
  • High power options available
  • Wireless functionality available in some models.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) & Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)

  • Completely custom made to the shape of canal2 Phonak CICs
  • Ranging from virtually to completely invisible
  • Suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Wireless functionality available in some models
  • Microphones in the canal take advantage of the outer ear’s natural ability to channel high frequency sounds into the canal.


Lyric Image

  • World’s first and only extended wear hearing aid
  • Can be worn in the canal for up to 4 months
  • Completely invisible
  • Hassle free hearing
  • Uses the ear’s unique anatomy to deliver outstanding natural sound quality


Contralateral Routing of Offside Signal (CROS) & Bi-Contralateral Routing of Offside Signal

  • A CROS System is ideal for Unilateral (one sided) hearing loss.CROS PICTURE
  • A BICROS System is ideal when the poorer ear has a profound hearing loss and the better ear has a mild to severe hearing loss,
  • Transmitter or satellite Microphone picks up sounds on the side of the poorer ear and transmits signal wirelessly to the receiver for the better ear to hear.
  • When better ear does not have hearing loss no microphone is present on receiver side (Cros System).
  • When a hearing loss is present in the better ear a microphone is also located on receiver side and signals from both sides are amplified (BI-CROS System).
  • Allows user to hear sounds and speech on the side of their unaidable ear.
  • Ideal for situations where speech is present on the side of the poorer ear for example travelling in a car or conversing at a table whether out to dinner or in a meeting.