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Types of hearing aids

Hearing aids today are so tiny that very few will even notice that you’re wearing them, no-matter if they are placed behind your ear or in your ear canal.

Choosing the perfect solution

Once a hearing test shows that you need hearing aids, you need to consider what is the ideal hearing aids for you – both acoustically and visually. You hearing care professional can make some recommendations and you can usually ask to try out different solutions before making your choice. Read our guide to the different types of hearing aids here.

Discreetly behind the ear

The majority of hearing aids users choose a behind-the-ear model. They are very light, very small and almost invisible when you wear them.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids come in two variations:

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With receiver in the ear:
Receiver in the ear hearing aids are also known as “RITE”. The sound is sent via a discreet, hair-fine wire to the receiver seated in the ear canal, close to the eardrum. A small bud or individually moulded earpiece holds the loudspeaker in place. 

With sound tube:
The sound passes through a tube to an individual earpiece that is perfectly adapted to your ear. At Oticon you will also find them under the names “BTE” or “Power”. They have a larger battery than RITE-solutions and can accommodate a larger amplifier, which makes them more powerful and well suited for people with severe hearing loss.

You can explore all our behind-the-ear solutions and their wide range of styles and colours in our Styleguide.

Invisible in the ear

Hearing aids placed in the ear canal are customized to the individual shape of your ear are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss – not severe hearing loss. The shape and size of your ear canal determines if you’re able to use these types of hearing aids and also how visible they are.


There are 3 variants of in-the-ear models:

  • in-the-ear-cic

    Complete-in-canal (CIC)

    Placed in further in the ear canal

  • in-the-ear-iic

    Invisible in the canal (IIC)

    Sits deep in the ear canal

  • in-the-ear-itc

    In-the ear (ITE)

    sits in the visible part of the ear

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One or two hearing aids?

When both ears works together we hear best. Here is why.

Our hearing was conceived by nature for two ears. If we close one ear, we can still hear a sound, but only two ears make us able to detect where the sound is coming from. If you have a hearing loss on both ears, it always makes sense to choose two hearing instruments. Speech will be heard more clearly and with less effort especially in noisy environment.

You will understand speech and other important sounds even better, if you even choose two hearing aids with so-called binaural technology. In this solution, the left and right hearing aids exchange information with each other via a wireless connection, which creates a natural experience replicating the directional hearing.

Learn more about hearing aids.

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Fit for any ear

In the ear or behind the ear? For mild, moderate or severe hearing loss? Discreet, matching your hair and skin tone or smart in your favourite colour? The choices are many. Mix and match our styles to create your preferred solution.

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