The three main types of hearing aids

There are many different hearing aids in the marketplace, however almost all hearing aids fit into three main categories. An A1 Hearing audiologist will be able to determine the best solution for you, depending on your needs, both aesthetically and functionality wise.

When considering the style and size of your new hearing aid, there are many things that need to be considered such as:

  • How the hearing aids will look and feel

  • The quality of sound

  • How easy it is to use

  • Whether it is suitable for the type and degree of hearing loss you have

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Behind the ear (bte)

BTE hearing aids are the most common hearing aid style. The body of the hearing aid sits behind your ear, and a tube directs sound into your ear. These hearing aids are easy-to-use, durable and suitable for all levels of hearing loss.



ITE hearing aids fit inside your ear, rather than behind it. The smallest ITE hearing aids sit completely in your ear canal, and are almost invisible. Larger ITE hearing aids are more powerful.

Receiver In The Ear Hearing Aid


RITE hearing aids combine aspects of BTE and ITE models. The hearing aid’s housing sits behind your ear, and a tiny speaker plugs into your ear canal. The housing and the speaker are connected by a thin wire. RITE hearing aids are easy-to-use and discreet.