Hearing Aids

What are hearing aids?

Every hearing aid has a microphone, an amplifier, and a receiver (also known as a speaker). Hearing aids with new technology will combine the circuits to the amplifier so that only your “trouble” frequencies are amplified. In other terms, good hearing aids will only amplify the sounds which you have trouble hearing. Many hearing aids even have a combination of filters to reduce background noise and directional microphones to better hear the speaker in front of you in a noisy environment.

Learn more about how hearing aids can help benefit people with hearing loss on our How You Hear page.

We sell only quality aids by the big SIX manufacturers (Oticon, Phonak, Signia, Widex, Starkey, Resound). The following is a list of the types of hearing aids we sell. Each manufacturer offers different combinations of these styles of hearing aids.

Learn more about how to clean hearing aids on our Video Tutorials Page.

Hearing aids are the only solution for moderate to severe hearing loss.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) models, also known as RITE (receiver-in-the-ear), are mini BTEs that have the receiver (speaker) of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses and look similar to the OTE when worn on the ear.

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

CIC and IIC models are also custom-made with your canal mold to fit deep in the ear canal,  seeming to be “invisible”. While offering cosmetic advantages, these tiny devices have limitations, including shorter battery life, size restrictions due to ear anatomy, proneness to wax/moisture damage, and limited controls/functionality.

In-The-Ear (ITE) and In-The-Canal (ITC)

ITE and ITC models are custom-made and fit in the outer ear bowl. We make a mold of your ear canal and outer ear, which we send to the manufacturer. Their size allows for additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. Some can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even severe hearing losses. In cases of arthritis or poor dexterity, the ITE is usually easier for an individual to handle and control due to its’ larger size.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear, which is connected to an ear dome or earmold to secure them in the ear canal.  Modern BTEs come in colors to blend with hair tones, chrome colors, leopard print, and other designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes allow users to choose features (circuits) important to them: more power,  wireless/Bluetooth compatibility, discreetness, ease of handling, battery size, and life.

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. They generally can house more features, controls, and power than custom models. This style can be very advantageous for someone with frequent drainage or heavy accumulation of wax in the ear since all electronics are housed behind the ear.

Over-the-Ear (OTE)

OTEs are ‘mini-BTEs’ with ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. These are popular for their comfort and more natural sound (the ear canal is not plugged). This is known as an ‘open fit hearing aid’ and is recommended for mild to moderate high-frequency losses.

Wireless and Bluetooth

With wireless technology you can*:

  • Automatically stream your television, radio, computer, or MP3 player directly to your hearing aids with comfort and clarity like never before.
  • Experience a noticeable decrease in whistling and buzzing (feedback) when interacting with electronic devices.
  • Enjoy a hands-free cell phone experience by connecting directly to your hearing aids via Bluetooth® Technology
  • Transfer between devices without manually adjusting your hearing aids. When you turn off the television to enjoy the music in the your dining room, your wireless device knows.

*Not all styles include wireless technology. 

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) models, also known as RITE (receiver-in-the-ear), are mini BTEs that have the receiver (speaker) of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses and looks similar to the OTE when worn on the ear.

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

CIC and IIC models are also custom-made with your canal mold to fit deep in the ear canal,  seeming to be “invisible”. While offering cosmetic advantages, these tiny devices have limitations, including shorter battery life, size restrictions due to ear anatomy, proneness to wax/moisture damage, and limited controls/functionality.

In-The-Ear (ITE) and In-The-Canal (ITC)

ITE and ITC models are custom-made and fit in the outer ear bowl. We make a mold of your ear canal and outer ear, which we send to the manufacturer. Their size allows for additional controls and features such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. Some can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even  severe hearing losses. In cases of arthritis or poor dexterity, the ITE is usually easier for an individual to handle and control due to its’ larger size.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear, which is connected to an ear dome or earmold to secure them in the ear canal.  Modern BTEs come in colors to blend with hair tones, chrome colors, leopard print, and other designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes allow users to choose features (circuits) important to them: more power,  wireless/Bluetooth compatibility, discreetness, ease of handling, battery size, and life.
BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. They generally can house more features, controls, and power than custom models. This style can be very advantageous for someone with frequent drainage or heavy accumulation of wax in the ear since all electronics are housed behind the ear.

Over-the-Ear (OTE)

OTEs are ‘mini-BTEs’ with ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. These are popular for their comfort and more natural sound (the ear canal is not plugged). This is known as an ‘open fit hearing aid’ and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses.

Wireless and Bluetooth

With wireless technology you can*:
  • Automatically stream your television, radio, computer, or MP3 player directly to your hearing aids with comfort and clarity like never before.
  • Experience a noticeable decrease in whistling and buzzing (feedback) when interacting with electronic devices.
  • Enjoy a hands-free cell phone experience by connecting directly to your hearing aids via Bluetooth® Technology
  • Transfer between devices without manually adjusting your hearing aids. When you turn off the television to enjoy the music in the your dining room, your wireless device knows.
*Not all styles include wireless technology. 

Hear At Home USA’s Insurance Billing & Policy

Unfortunately, most insurance companies will not pay for hearing aids. We do offer several price ranges for hearing aids and interest-free financing to combat the lack of insurance benefits. Please visit our Payment Info page for more information.