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In-the-Ear Styles

Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.
Invisible In-The-Canal (IIC)

Invisible In-The-Canal (IIC)

The smallest custom style, IIC instruments, site invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC are specifically designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

The smallest custom style, CIC instruments, fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild to moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

In-the-Canal (ITC)

ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have a longer battery life, and can host additional features such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments, and controls such as volume controls. They fit mild and moderate hearing losses.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Half Shell (HS)

Half shell models fill half the bowl of the outer ear. Like ITC models, their size enables the addition of features such as directional microphones, volume controls, and push buttons to activate special settings for different listening environments. Because of their size, they may be easier than smaller models to handle for some people and yet are still often disguised by hairstyles or sideburns. This hearing aid style looks similar to the ITC hearing aid when worn on the ear, but is slightly larger.

Behind-the-Ear Styles

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print, and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear, and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild to moderate high frequency losses

Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

Receiver in the ear (RITE)

RITE models, also known as RIC (receiver-in-canal) models, are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RITE instruments fit mild to severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

BTE with earmold

BTE with earmold

BTEs with earmolds fit mild through profound hearing losses. Their longer shape, following the contour behind the outer ear, generally can house more features, controls, and power than custom models. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they’ll look on each person.


At Hearing Health Center we offer a wide variety of hearing aids and hearing products to you. We offer breakthrough technology available in hearing instruments to better help those with hearing loss understand in difficult places. We want you to be able to get the products that best fit your needs. We offer all levels of technology that fit all lifestyles and budgets!

HALO instrument


Halo 2, Starkey's newest Made for iPhone® hearing aids help you stay connected to the people and things you love most. With our easy-to-use TruLink™ Hearing Control app, Halo 2 is engineered to work specifically with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch® and Apple Watch®. And with new processing power in Halo 2, you'll experience music in a whole new way with pure, refined sound quality.

Moisture Issues???
During the summer months when it is hot and humid, you should use a dry aid kit. This keeps the circuitry, electronic components, and batteries free of moisture from the air and/or perspiration. It also has a UV light in it to help sanitize your instruments while they dry. Drying your hearing aid nightly or a few times a week will help your hearing aid last longer and will help you hear more clear as well.
dry aid kit

Ear Gear

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Is your hearing instrument breaking down due to sweat, moisture, or dirt? Are you concerned about loss of your hearing instrument? If you are, then look no further, you have found the solution. A water resistant, double wall spandex nylon sleeve, protects hearing instruments from dirt, sweat, moisture, and loss. Ear Gear can radically improve your hearing instrument wearing experience. The soft spandex material also can make hearing instruments more comfortable to wear, protect the ears from chafing, minimizes the effect of wind noise, and prevents damage from clogged microphones and corroded batteries. Order yours Today!
ear gear

Do you have a hearing loss? Do you have trouble hearing on the phone? Or do you know someone who has trouble? Call us today and set up your appointment to see if you qualify for a Free Hearing Impaired Phone! It's Worth over $400.
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Having trouble listening to TV? Try out some TV EARS. Wireless hook up to your TV while you sit and enjoy your favorite show or movie with comfortable ear inserts.

How long should your batteries last?

The truth is there is no one answer that will work for every person. Essentially each person has a unique hearing lost "fingerprint". No one fingerprint will be exactly alike, therefore, no one person will have the exact same battery life as another. Factors that affect battery life include:

Hearing Loss- As severity increases, increased amplification is required. This causes an increase in the current, which reduces battery life. The more severe hearing loss a person has, the shorter battery life.

Individual's hearing aid usage- How long do you wear your hearing aids daily? Hearing instrument itself - the more advanced the aid is, the more power is required.

Environment - Humidity- As humidity is reduced, batteries may dry out reducing battery life.

Temperature- As temps reduced, batter voltage is lowered which reduces battery life.

Altitude- As altitude increases, the percentage of oxygen in the air is reduced, lowering the hearing aid battery voltage.


Store batteries at room temperature. They should not be carried loose in your purse or pocket. If they come in contact with metal objects they will short out, leak, or rare incidences even rupture.

Zinc air batteries use air as a source of power, and the tab provides a seal that ensures freshness until the battery is ready for use. To activate the battery, simply remove the tab, wait one minute to allow air to activate the ingredients, and insert the battery in the hearing aid.

Just like fresh veggies are better than canned, a fresh battery is better than an aged one. When batteries sit on a shelf or warehouse they slowly lose their energy.

We rotate our batteries every two weeks and order new ones monthly. Feel free to call and order your batteries today. We will even mail them to you! Always getting stuck while your out with no batteries? Ask for a battery holder! Holds two batteries at a time for your on the go trips.

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Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: (615) 444-5425
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Medical Specialty Office - Smithville

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518 West Main Street
Smithville, TN 37166
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Regional Medical Center - Carthage

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107 Health Care Drive
Carthage, TN 37030
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Macon County General Hospital - Lafayette
204 Medical Drive
Lafayette, TN 37030
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In Business Since 1981