Hearing Aids

Behind the Ear (BTE)

DeafHear: Behind the Ear (BTE) 1 DeafHear: Behind the Ear (BTE) 2


BTE aids have a small plastic case that fits behind the ear and conducts sound to the ear canal, usually through an earmold that is custom made. BTEs can be used for mild to profound hearing losses and are especially useful for children because of their durability and ability to connect to assistive listening devices. Their colours range from very inconspicuous skin tones for adults to bright colours and optional decorations for children.

In the Ear (ITE)

DeafHear: In the Ear (ITE)


These devices fit in the outer ear bowl (called the concha); they are sometimes visible when standing face to face with someone. ITE hearing aids are custom made to fit each individual’s ear. They can be used in mild to some severe hearing losses.

In the Canal (ITC)

DeafHear: In the Canal (ITC)


ITC aids are smaller, filling only the bottom half of the external ear. You usually cannot see very much of this hearing aid when you are face to face with someone. Mini Canal (MIC) and completely in the Canal (CIC) are even smaller and often not visible unless you look directly into the wearer’s ear. These aids can be used for mild to moderately-severe losses.

Cochlear Implant

DeafHear: Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that can help provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The cochlear implant is often referred to as a bionic ear. Unlike hearing aids, the cochlear implant does not amplify sound, but works by directly stimulating any functioning auditory nerves inside the cochlea with electrical impulses, giving people an electronic sensation of some sounds.
External components of the cochlear implant include a microphone, speech processor and transmitter.

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