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Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing Aids are designed to relieve the impact of hearing loss, giving you the ability to hear better.  Everyday sounds that you may have had trouble hearing before, such as telephones, door bells or quieter conversation can be helped by wearing a hearing aid, thereby giving you renewed confidence and quality of life.

With the level of technology available, hearing aids need no longer be cumbersome or highly visible. Sussex Audiology Centres' experienced audiologists and hearing aid specialists will help you find a hearing aid that suits you and your lifestyle.

We also offer home visits where we will undertake the following:
Free Comprehensive Hearing Aid Assessments
Micro-suction Ear Wax Removal and Video Otoscopy @ £150


Call  01273 778977  or  01903 243300 today


There are a number of hearing aid styles available so here is a guide:


Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

Invisible in the Canal (IIC) hearing aids are particularly good for people looking for the most discreet, conventional custom made hearing aid that sits deep in the ear. Suitable for mild to moderate hearing  loss. Some manufacturers offer limited remote control options but no wireless connectivity. Not always suitable for people with very narrow ear canals or those with reoccurring ear infections

Compeletely in the Canal (CIC)

Compeletely in the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are slightly larger than an IIC, however they still offer a custom made discreet fit. Modern miniaturisation of receivers and improved feedback control means that most manufacturers have a model suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss. Almost all manufacturers offer a remote control option and some now offer wireless compatibility. This style will be suitable to most ear canals.

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

In the ear hearing aids are slightly larger for dexterity reasons than CIC's.  The benefits are that they are more easy to handle with a larger battery that has a longer battery life.

Suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss with optional remote control or wireless compatibility. This style will be suitable to most ear canals.

Open Ear Hearing Aids

Open Ear Hearing Aids offer a discreet hearing aid option for clients who may not like the sensation of having a hearing aid deep in the ear canal. Suitable for clients with a mild to moderate hearing loss they offer a more natural hearing solution. In most cases normal hearing is maintained and where a person's frequencies are reduced, they are enhanced by the hearing aid. Particularly good for clients with narrow ear canals or clients who may have had reliability issues in the past due to moisture, as the receiver is in the small device behind the ear. Most models have a remote control option and wireless capability.

Receiver in the Canal (RIC)

Receiver In The Canal hearing aids are similar in style to Open Ear hearing aids.  However they have the receiver in the ear which is attached by a wire. The benefits are that by removing the receiver from the part behind the ear, feedback is improved, so this can be suitable for a mild to severe hearing loss. The housing behind the ear is also reduced in size due to the receiver being removed. Most models have a remote control option and wireless capability.

Power Hearing Aids

Power Hearing Aids are suitable for those with severe to profound hearing loss. There have been positive developments which include: increased sound without distortion, frequency transposition or compression to move non audible sounds into audible areas of hearing and increased control and wireless capability. Power Hearing Aids also have less feedback issues and a reduction in size for increased discretion and comfort.