what style is right for me?
The choice of a hearing aid style is not just a cosmetic one. The style that you choose can impact your overall experience with the device, including factors like sound quality, maintenance, insertion, connectivity to external devices, and battery life.
Your audiologist will help you to select a style by explaining which ones would be appropriate for your degree of hearing loss and then explaining the benefits and potential downsides of the remaining options.
Receiver in the canal (RIC)
Small discreet hearing aid that sits both behind the ear and is connected via an earwire to a small dome that sits deep in the ear canal. Generally appropriate for high frequency hearing loss or mild to moderate hearing losses.
Behind The Ear (BTE)
Large hearing aid that sits behind the ear and sends sound to a custom made earmold in the ear via an earhook and tube. Generally appropriate for mild to profound hearing losses.
Completely In the Canal (CIC)
Small discreet hearing aid that is custom made to fit deep in the ear canal. Generally appropriate for mild to moderate hearing losses.
In The Canal (ITC)
Small custom-made hearing aid that sits at the edge of the ear canal. Generally appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.
In The Ear (ITE)
Custom-made hearing aid that fills the concha of the ear, either half shell or full shell. Generally appropriate for mild to severe hearing losses.
Tel: (416) 340-4800 ext.7067
7th Floor, Norman Urquhart Wing - Room 820
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth St.
Toronto, ON. M5G 2C4
Monday: 8am - 4pm
Tuesday: 8am - 4pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm
Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
*Note: We close for lunch from
12-1pm except for Fridays
To get to us: Take any elevator within the hospital to the 7th floor, Norman Urquhart Wing. Follow the signs to the Munk Hearing Centre.
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