Behind-the-Ear
(BTE)

This style rests comfortably behind your ear. The sound travels through a tiny tube to a custom earpiece called an earmold that fits in your ear canal. This style is appropriate for people of all ages and fits the widest range of hearing loss.

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)

The main section of this hearing aid is hidden behind your ear. Unlike a standard BTE, the receiver has been removed from the housing and mounted externally in a tube fitted into the ear with a soft dome. You will therefore find that RIE hearing aids are usually smaller than standard BTE hearing aids.

Custom In-the-Ear
(ITE)

Custom in-the-ear models are custom made to fit the contours of your ear canal. They’re easy to insert for all levels of dexterity and avoid conflict when wearing glasses, hats, etc. 
ReSound offers five different types of custom hearing aids: Full shell, Half shell, Canal, Mini canal, Completely in the canal (CIC). Depending on the specific type, it may be more or less invisible in your ear. 

For more information about hearing aid styles, visit our “Selecting a Hearing Aid” page