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Hearing Aids Types & Styles

Choosing the right hearing aid is a crucial decision that involves considering various factors to ensure an optimal fit for individual needs. In the realm of hearing aid types and styles, a diverse range of options exists to cater to different preferences and degrees of hearing loss. These devices have evolved significantly, offering advanced features to enhance the auditory experience for users.

Understanding the diverse array of hearing aid types and styles is vital in making an informed decision that aligns with individual preferences and hearing needs.

At Hills Audiology, we provide a complete selection of contemporary digital hearing aids. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from discreet, invisible options to those that resemble the popular Apple Airpods. We also have options to suit a wide price range from premium, fully automated, with cutting-edge technology, to budget options or those that are totally subsidised for qualified pensioners and veterans.

Hearing Aid Types

Discovering the right hearing aid involves exploring different types. Some fit inside your ear, while others rest behind it. Each type has special features for various hearing needs. This guide will help you understand these options so you can pick the one that suits you best and makes hearing better for you.

  • In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing aids
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing aids

In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing aid

The In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aid, often referred to as the “invisible in the canal” (ITC) hearing aid, is a discreet and popular choice for those seeking a subtle solution to hearing loss. This type of hearing aid is custom-made to fit comfortably within the ear, making it virtually invisible to others. The ITC hearing aid is designed to address mild to moderate hearing loss, providing wearers with clear and amplified sound. Its inconspicuous design allows for a seamless integration into daily life, offering both practicality and enhanced auditory experiences for individuals looking for a discreet hearing solution.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing aid

The Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid is a versatile solution known for its effectiveness in addressing various degrees of hearing loss. Placed comfortably behind the ear, BTE hearing aids deliver excellent sound quality. These devices are suitable for diverse ear shapes and sizes, providing both stability and comfort. BTE hearing aids enhance auditory experiences without sacrificing comfort, making them a popular choice for individuals seeking reliable and efficient hearing support. Their design ensures a discreet fit while delivering optimal sound quality, making BTE hearing aids a practical and effective solution for those in need of hearing assistance.

IIC Hearing Aids (Invisible In The Canal)

CIC Hearing Aids (Completely In The Canal)

RIC Hearing Aids (Receiver In Canal)

BTE Hearing Aids (Behind The Ear)


Hills Audiology recommends appropriate solutions from a full range of options, including hearing aids from all leading manufacturers.

What we offer

Our services

Thorough evaluation of hearing to determine hearing ability using Tympanometry, Pure Tone Audiometry, and Speech Audiometry.

Pre-employment hearing testing is available. Outside office hours, appointments can be arranged.

Specialised hearing tests for all preschool and school aged children including Tympanometry, Pure Tone Audiometry and Speech Audiometry.

After school appointments available

Government-funded Hearing Services available for pensioners and eligible veterans.

Hills Audiology is fully accredited to provide hearing care under the Hearing Services Program, inclusive of fitting hearing aids.

Workcover assessments are designed for measuring hearing loss/injury suffered through the nature of work, and/or, the work environment, and accessing compensation through Workcover NSW. It also includes fitting hearing aids.

On site ear measurements for custom ear plugs. These are suitable for hearing protection from noise, water tight ear moulds for
swimmers, measurements for musicians in ear monitors and custom ear moulds for hearing aid wearers.

Assessment and management of tinnitus (ringing, or any sound heard in the ear). Tinnitus can impact your sleep, well being and ability to focus. Many people struggle with tinnitus.

We can help manage your tinnitus.