Ear and Balance Clinic

Carol Jackson, M.D. House-Fellowship Trained Otologist
Ashley Beko, Au. D., Doctor of Clinical Audiology
361 Hospital RD Suite 325
Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 574-7744

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Our Hearing Aid Styles

The Ear & Balance Clinic works with every patient to choose the best personal hearing device for you. Individual hearing and lifestyle needs vary so it is important to take these factors into account when selecting a hearing device.

Below are examples of the different styles that are offered.

Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC)

Receiver-in- the Canal (RIC) is small, discreet, and easy to use. The speaker is located in your canal, allowing your listening environment to sound natural and clear. This type of hearing aid is appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss ranges. Many of these models are able to connect directly to your smartphone so that you can hear and understand phone conversations in both ears! The RIC also comes as a rechargeable option; making the hassle of disposable batteries a problem of the past. Enjoy hands free calls, listening to TV, music, podcasts and so much more with top quality sound all day!

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

This is one of the smallest custom hearing aids and is nearly invisible in the ear. All the technological and digital circuitry is housed in this small case that fits into the ear canal. This style takes advantage of the ear’s own natural sound-collecting design and allows for convenient telephone use. CIC’c are custom made for each ear; however, these hearing aids are for those with ear canals large enough to accommodate the insertion depth of the instrument as well as patients with good manual dexterity. This type of hearing aid is not suitable for patients with severe or profound hearing loss.



Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

Hearing aids continue to become more advanced in technology while also becoming smaller. The advancements of hearing-related technologies allow the Invisible in the Canal (IIC) to be made smaller than ever; small enough that it can be fit past the second bend of the end canal. These deeply inserted hearing aids are virtually invisible to others while allowing the instrument to use natural acoustics for a more natural sound experience. This style of hearing aid is dependent on the size of your ear canal. Ask your hearing health care professional if you are a candidate for this style of hearing aid.