Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are what people typically refer to when they say invisible hearing aids. At ReSound, we talk about two types of hearing aids: outside-the-ear and inside-the-ear models. Both types are small hearing aids, designed to be as discreet as possible. As hearing technologies improve, so do devices, and even small hearing aids that fit outside the ear can be hard to notice if you don’t know they are there.
Receiver-in-Ear (RIE) hearing aids are one of the most popular types of hearing aids that sit outside the ear due to the small size. An RIE hearing aid is comprised of a small casing that sits behind the ear, housing all of the electronic components of the hearing aid, except the receiver. A tube transmits sound to the receiver that rests in the ear canal.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) are small hearing aids you wear outside of your ear. A small tube then routes the sound down into your ear canal. BTE hearing aids provide the most amplification, making it the preferred solution for users with severe-to-profound hearing loss. BTE hearing aids don’t close off the ear, allowing for a more natural sound experience. They are available in many sizes and color options.