Hearing Aids in San Francisco & Northern California

Hearing AidsHearing aids are delicate, carefully-crafted devices. With proper care and regular maintenance, your hearing aid should last about 3 to 5 years. On this page, you can learn more about the types of hearing aids available for Northern California residents. Check out our hearing aid troubleshooting guide if you would like a few tips on hearing aid maintenance and care. Find an audiologist near you to get professional advice about the hearing aid that's best for your situation.

Hearing Aid Types

CIC Hearing AidCIC (Completely in the Canal)

CIC aids are the smallest type of hearing aid and one that is barely visible once placed in the ear. In most cases, CIC aids are recommended for people who have a mild to moderate hearing loss and an ear canal large enough to accommodate the device.

ITE Hearing AidITE (In the Ear)

ITE aids are larger than completely in the canal aids and can be used for a wider range of hearing loss. They are also available with more features, such as a telephone switch. All of the components fit inside of the plastic case which is made to fit the user's ear. ITE aids can either fill up half of the ear bowl (half shell) or the whole ear bowl (full shell). ITE aids are suitable for people who have a mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.

BTE Hearing AidBTE (Behind the Ear)

There are two components in the BTE aid: a hearing aid and an earmold. The earmold is connected to the hearing aid through a tube. The earmold itself sits in the ear bowl and the hearing aid sits over the ear. The hearing aid amplifies the sound and delivers it to the ear through the earmold. BTE hearing aids are often recommended for children and people with certain middle ear conditions or severe to profound hearing loss. However, with an "open fit" BTE option, the solid earmold is usually replaced with a small ear-tip to amplify the high frequencies without plugging up the ear canal. The open fit BTE hearing aids are recommended for high-frequency hearing loss, not severe to profound hearing loss.


See our Hearing Aid Troubleshooting Guide for additional help.