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Types of hearing aid


Hearing aids are available in a range of styles, sizes and colours. A hearing healthcare professional will be able to help you make the right decision based on your hearing needs, budget, lifestyle and preferences.

Today, there are a number of options available for different types of hearing loss. These can be classed under 2 main types:

Extended wear hearing aids

These hearing aids are called extended wear hearing aids or devices because they stay within the ear canal for extended periods of time and don't require you to remove it for activities such as sleeping or exercising or for charging the batteries.

The only extended wear hearing aid currently available is Lyric from Phonak.


Lyric is placed entirely inside your ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing healthcare professional and because of this unique placement is completely invisible from the outside. As mentioned above it stays in place for months at a time so there is no need to change the batteries. Lyric is only available at a few hearing centres around the UK and Ireland so to find out more about it or to book an appointment visit www.phonak-lyric.co.uk.

The lyric invisible hearing aid is worn 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Daily wear hearing aids

These hearing aids are worn each day and would require you to remove it when you go to bed at night and to change the batteries. The two main categories of daily wear hearing aids are custom built and behind the ear hearing aids and both categories have a a variety of different styles to choose from and these are detailed below:

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

These models are made specifically to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit and the best possible comfort. Hand built and tailored to your particular needs, they are available in many skin tones, are unobtrusive and very effective. The smallest models sit in your ear canal and are virtually invisible. These models are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.

The in the ear hearing aid are made specifically to fit the shape of your ear canal

Receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids

These models are smaller than standard behind-the-ear hearing aids and are available for mild to severe hearing loss. They are worn comfortably behind the ear and are available in many different colors, styles and designs.

Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids are smaller than BTEs but sit behind the ear

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids (BTE)

BTE models are available for all degrees of hearing loss and, as the name suggests, can be worn comfortably behind the ear. These models are available in many different colors, styles and designs.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are larger than RIC hearing aids but still sit behind the ear

Visit the choosing a hearing aid section of the website or book an appointment with your local hearing healthcare professional to find out the best hearing aid that will suit your hearing loss, style preference and budget.

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