Hearing Aid Styles

Hearing aids come in many shapes, sizes and styles.  The prescription for a hearing aid is determined by your hearing loss, the shape of the outer ear and your ear canal, and your ability to manage the device.  As you may be aware, hearing aids now incorporate high level technology and often they are very discrete.

Behind the Ear style

Styles available:

  • IIC or micro CIC– the smallest hearing aids available, more suitable to mild to moderate hearing loss. Very good dexterity is required to manage placement into the ear and for changing batteries.
  • CIC style


    CIC – “Completely in the Canal” are small hearing aids which can be fitted to a mild to severe hearing loss. Good dexterity to manage placement into the ear and for changing batteries is needed due to their size. Depending on the level of technology chosen, some of these models can be fitted with a remote control.
  • ITC style


    ITC – “In the canal” hearing aids can be fitted to a mild to severe hearing loss. Batteries are larger which is easier to handle and the device just sits in the entrance of the ear canal with only the faceplate visible. These aids are it easier to manage which is a positive solution for those with dexterity issues but wanting a discrete device. These hearing aids may be fitted with a remote control.
  • ITE style


    ITE – “In the Ear” hearing aids are suited for a moderate to severe hearing loss and where management of smaller devices is too difficult. These come with larger batteries and can be fitted with a remote control and some wireless devices depending on the level of technology chosen.
  • Open Fit

    Open Fit

    Open fit BTE– Open fit behind the ear hearing aids are commonly prescribed when the low frequencies (deep sounds) are within the normal range, but there is a mid to high frequencies (high pitch sounds) hearing loss. The battery size can vary depending on the level of technology chosen and the power required of the hearing aid.
  • RIC BTE- “Receiver in the Canal” or “Receiver in the Ear” hearing aids are similar to an open fit hearing aid, however they are able aid more significant losses without causing feedback (whistling) as the receiver component of the aid is fitted in the tip of the device placed in the ear-canal. This means that a mild to severe hearing loss can be aided without needing to introduce a full ear-mould. These hearing aids remain quite discrete. Most RIC hearing aids are compatible with wireless devices and can have a remote control
  • BTE style


    BTE – “Behind the Ear Hearing Aids” require an ear-mould and are typically used when an open fit or receiver in the canal hearing aid is not recommended. BTE hearing aids are typically used for a moderate to severe hearing loss and in the power or super power range can fit up to a profound hearing loss. BTEs can vary in size and battery size.


Depending on the level of technology chosen, some hearing devices can communicate with iPhones, iPads and android technology.

All Ears Audiology is independent. This means that we are one of the few Adelaide companies not aligned with any hearing aid manufacturer. As such, we are able to offer a wide range of hearing aids that would meet your listening goals. The importance of communication with your loved ones is a priority for us and at All Ears Audiology we can help you to choose the best device you can afford.

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COVID-19 Update

At All Ears & Speech our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our team and valued clients. We understand the significant impact the Coronavirus is having on everyone and that this is one of the biggest challenges we have all faced. We are in this together and our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families during this time.

Whilst our practice activities have slowed significantly, our team remains able to assist you with your hearing and speech healthcare. We have reduced our clinical hours, further strengthened our already exemplary hygiene practices and our Speech Pathologists are now primarily providing services online using TeleHealth. 

From the 1st April 2020, we have put the following additional safeguards in place to ensure everyone’s well-being and that our business can continue to look after you and your family.

  • Our administration team will work remotely during the day and attend clinic outside normal clinic hours. This is to minimise contact between clinicians, clients and our admin team. Should at any stage someone be exposed to Coronavirus our risk of transmitting the infection to others is significantly reduced. Kindly leave a message on our answering machine and rest assured we will return your call as soon as possible

  • For NEW CLIENTS – we are here to help and answer any questions you may have regarding your hearing, your child’s hearing or your child’s speech and language development. We can offer initial consults over the phone or via TeleHealth (videoconferencing) to assist. We can then determine whether we need to see you in person urgently or whether we can provide you with services via TeleHealth or other resources to help you in the interim. Again, please leave a message on our answering machine or email us on reception@allearsandspeech.com.au and we will get back to you asap.

  • For clients with URGENT REFERRALS from Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or other medical practitioners we will see you should you pass our COVID19 questionnaire. As per government regulations we will not see anyone who has: 

    1. travelled interstate or overseas without self-isolating for 14 days

    2. anyone unwell (fever, sore throat, respiratory difficulties)

    3. anyone who has been in contact with someone who has travelled or who may have been exposed to COVID19

We will be offering complimentary online resources and short videos to improve children’s listening, learning, speech and language development during this time. 

For our adult clients we will be providing auditory training resources to make the most of your devices, and lots of information about hearing loss and the various technologies available. Our team are excited to be updating and sharing these resources with you. As always, any feedback, or suggestions on topics that you would like covered will be warmly received.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our clients for your emails, phone calls and supportive comments during this time. These have been so encouraging and brightened our day. Our clients will continue to remain our priority and we can not thank you enough for choosing us as your service provider. 

On behalf of the team at All Ears & Speech please stay safe and healthy.

Nicole Eglinton

Proud Director of the best team of Audiologists & Speech Pathologist in SA