Hearing Devices

Hearing devices use amazing technology. They are ever-changing and are continually improving. Here is a summary of the types of devices we fit at our clinic:

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

BTE hearing devices fit behind the ear and provide sound to the ear through a tube, which connects to an earpiece that sits inside the ear canal. BTE hearing devices can be used for all degrees of hearing losses. BTE hearing aids are our most popular style of device and offer remarkable flexibility for both adults and children. Because of their durability and the ability to “grow” with a child (by changing the earmold as the child grows), along with their compatibility with equipment for school such as personal FM systems, BTE hearing devices are typically recommended for children. Some BTE devices may also be “open-fit” devices, where the device is secured in the ear canal by a dome or custom-made ear piece, leaving the ear more open and cosmetically appealing.

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) / Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC)

RRITE devices are similar to BTE devices, but the speaker (receiver) of the hearing device is placed inside the ear canal and a thin wire replaces the acoustic tube of the BTE device. The benefits of RITE devices include smaller size and more cosmetic appeal, minimal occlusion/plugged up feeling, and less feedback.

Full-Shell (FS), Half-shell, (HS) In-the-canal (ITC), Mini-canal (MC), Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) and Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC):

These devices are intended for mild to severe hearing loss. Their small size, with the receiver of the hearing device sitting closer to the eardrum, makes them among the most discrete options available. Their simplicity and ease of use can be an asset for individuals with dexterity issues or who rely on family members or caregivers for insertion of their hearing devices.


Lyric is the first extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. It is placed in the ear canal by one of our Lyric trained audiologists and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for approximately 2 to 3 months at a time.
Because it remains in the ear canal 24/7 for months at a time, you don’t need to worry about daily hassles like putting the device on or taking it off, or changing batteries.
Lyric Benefits:

  • 100% Invisible
  • No daily insertion/removal/maintenance
  • No batteries to change

Lyric can be used during your daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone, and sleeping. Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the outer ear (the pinna) to direct sound into the ear canal naturally, resulting in excellent sound quality.
*Not all ear canals and hearing difficulties are suitable for Lyrics. A Lyric candidacy assessment is available to determine eligibility.