Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with a wide range of prices. What determines the value of a hearing aid is not the shape or size, but the technology inside! We provide patients with a personalized experience based on their needs, lifestyle, and budget. Here are some styles we take into consideration when making a recommendation for a hearing solution.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

A solution where the hearing aid physically sits behind the ear and carries the sound into the ear through a speaker. This solution can come in many shapes and styles.


  • Discrete.
  • Most issues can be fixed in our repair lab instead of sending it to the manufacturer.
  • Fits wide variety of hearing loss.
  • Low maintenance.
  • The hearing aid can come in different colors.
  • Rechargeable options are available.


  • People with dexterity issues, vision difficulties, or physical disabilities may not be able to insert or wear the instrument properly.
In-the-Canal (ITC)

A solution that is shaped specifically for the patient's ear canal and the components sit inside a "shell." This solution also comes in different shapes and sizes.


  • Fits the exact shape of the canal creating feedback resistance.
  • Easily manipulated and inserted.
  • Can be color coded for people with vision difficulties.


  • Not very discrete.
  • Can be harder to maintain.
  • Can create wax build-up in ears.
  • If a repair is needed it often must be sent to the manufacturer and repair time takes about 1.5 - 2 weeks.
  • Some styles are not appropriate for patients with certain power requirements.
  • There is no rechargeable option currently available for custom ITC hearing aids.
Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

A solution that is custom made to fit invisibly in the ear.


  • Completely discrete.
  • Some models can be worn while sleeping or even in the shower.


  • Some models may require a specially trained professional to insert or remove the device.
  • Certain styles come with batteries that are small and may not last as long as other models, depending on usage.
  • This solution traditionally cannot fit people with severe-profound hearing loss.
  • A comfortable fit with this solution often depends on the shape of the ear canal.
Oticon hearing aid styles

Brands of Hearing Aids

There are many different hearing aid manufacturers that provide a wide variety of technology. Not all manufacturers are created equal. We have successfully fit many patients with the following manufacturers:

Oticon OPN™

Directionality is now a thing of the past! Enjoy an open world with features that enhance the listener's experience, reduce listening effort, improve speech understanding, and increase the patient's ability to participate with their surroundings. This solution has clinically researched benefits that provide 30% better speech understanding*, 20% less listening effort*, and 20% more capacity to remember**.

* Compared to Alta 2 Pro
** Individual benefit may vary depending on prescription.

Now available in custom hearing aid models!

Custom OPN hearing aids

Oticon Connect Clip

The Connect Clip turns Oticon Opn hearing aids into a hands-free streamer of music, podcasts and more!

  • Streams to both ears in stereo – not just one ear as with classic Bluetooth
  • High-quality sound that’s easier to understand
  • Lower power consumption allows small battery size for very discreet Bluetooth hearing aids
  • True hands-free solution with a microphone optimized for the purpose, using OpenSound Navigator™ for quality sound reception
  • Using a smart phone, the Connect Clip allows you to answer a phone call with optimized clarity using your OPN hearing aids.

Oticon Opn S

We believe it is important to stay ahead of the latest trends and technology in the hearing industry so we can continue to provide our patients with the expert care they deserve. We recently attended a two-day training event with EarQ and Oticon in Denver, Colorado, where we learned about new ways we can offer you the best possible hearing healthcare experience.

We were also one of the first in our area to be trained on the newest Oticon technology, including the Opn S. The Opn S is different because it is the first device to deliver speech understanding on par with normal hearing. This means you can take a more active part in difficult listening situations and understand more with less effort.

Try the Opn S for yourself. Make an appointment today!

Oticon Xceed, Play and CROS

Introducing The World’s Most Powerful Hearing Aids

Oticon Xceed hearing aid

Oticon has some of the most technologically advanced hearing aids on the market today. Along with BrainHearing technology and Own Voice Processing, Oticon has recently released three new hearing aids to provide you with a seamless listening experience.

The Oticon Xceed and the Xceed Play are the most powerful hearing aids for adults and children with severe-to-profound hearing loss. They both offer 360⁰ access to speech without the interference of background noise. This allows for a better listening experience as well as improved learning for children. The Xceed and Xceed Play feature groundbreaking technology that reduces feedback, such as static or whistling, so you can hear clearer and with better attention. Adults and children can control these devices straight from their smartphones through an app, creating more control and improved usability. The Xceed for adults comes in a variety of colors to match your skin tone or hair color while the Xceed Play includes bright, fun colors in addition to the neutral tones for younger users.

Oticon Play hearing aids at Vinyard Audiology

Oticon CROS hearing aids offer a revolutionary 360⁰ sound experience for those with single-sided deafness. CROS hearing aids include a transmitter with a microphone that wirelessly picks up sound and sends it from your poorer ear to your better ear with a hearing aid. This allows you to easily engage in conversations in different environments. Oticon CROS hearing aids feature OpenSoundNavigator and TwinLink dual-streaming technology so you can hear from all directions. This gives you the freedom to do what you love while enjoying a more natural listening experience.

Oticon CROS hearing aids

Oticon Connect Clip at Lawson's Hearing Center

Signia Pure Nx Charge and Go

Hearing aid charging dock

Never change hearing aid batteries again. Along with this fully featured device and sophisticated technology, comes a rechargeable system like no other, lasting up to 24 hrs. Available in multiple technology levels.

Signia Nx Own Voice Processing

Hear your own voice clearer than ever before! Hearing your own voice clearly is essential for a hearing aid wearer and can sound "tinny" with some lower technologies. Signia has helped to combat this by improving spontaneous acceptance of own natural voice paired with Bluetooth technology.

Signia Styletto hearing aids

Signia Styletto

The Styletto is a unique, beautifully designed hearing aid produced by Signia.

  • Slim, attractive design with high-tech hearing
  • Multiple performance levels available
  • On-the-go rechargeability
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