The style of hearing aid refers to its size and placement within (or outside of) the ear, with different styles suited for particular degrees of hearing loss. As technology continues to advance, more options and features are available with each style.

We know that choosing the right hearing aid can be daunting. Our experienced team has been providing hearing solutions to patients for decades. We’ll work with you to help you choose which style of hearing aid will work best for your unique hearing loss through extensive testing.  

Nano hearing aids in the ear canal.

Nano In-the-Ear

  • Fits mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Not visible
  • Battery life 6-7 days

In the ear style hearing aids.


This hearing aid style fits in the ear, but is bigger and:

  • Appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Fits outside the ear canal
  • Slightly visible in the ear
  • Battery life 8-10 days

Micro receiver in the ear hearing aids.

Micro Receiver-in-the-Ear

  • Fits mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Barely visible
  • Battery life 6-7 days

Mini receiver in the ear hearing aid.

Mini Receiver-in-the-Ear

  • Fits mild to severe hearing loss
  • Volume control, program button, and mute button
  • Barely visible
  • Battery life 8-10 days

Behind the ear hearing aid.

Open Fit Behind-the-Ear

  • Small, slim tube BTE instrument
  • Mild to moderately severe hearing loss
  • Barely visible
  • Battery life 6-7 days

Behind the ear hearing aid.

This hearing aid style is the largest, worn externally, resting behind your ear. 

  • Two-piece hearing instrument (rests behind the ear and connects to a custom earpiece)
  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Volume control and telephone coil
  • Battery life 11-13 days

ITC in the ear hearing aid style.

ITC In-the-canal

    • This style is also custom-molded and fits within the ear.
    • Small and discreet but bigger than the CIC.
    • Some models offer directional microphones.
    • Ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
    • May not work with tiny ears.


Hearing Protection Products

Everyday sounds may not produce physical pain, but they can still damage your ears. Loud, prolonged exposure to noise can alter how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds. It can also lead to permanent damage of the hair cells, which act as sound receivers in the ear. Once damaged, the hair cells do not grow back.

Everyday living may unintentionally put your hearing at risk, which is why you should see your audiologist annually as part of your overall wellness plan.

We help prevent hearing loss by offering a complete line of custom-fit hearing protection products. Some of the products we offer include:

  • Industrial Earplugs – Available in standard or digital protection, these plugs are commonly used while hunting, or in loud work environments. This form of hearing protection is custom-made and provides better defense than a store-bought earplug.
  • Musicians Earplugs – Designed for performers, concertgoers and sound engineers, these canal-style earplugs are sleek and virtually unnoticeable.
  • Swimmers Plugs – Custom fit your ears, these plugs keep your ears dry and prevent infections like Swimmer’s Ear. 
  • Custom earbuds for MP3 players – Shaped to the contours of your ears, they block ambient sound, which allows you to listen to music at a safer volume.

Assistive Listening Devices

When dealing with hearing loss, sometimes hearing aids don’t provide enough assistance. There are several kinds of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs or Assistive Listening Systems) that help supplement hearing aids but aren’t used to replace the hearing aid.  We can help you decide which ALDs fit your needs.

Our providers have the experience and education required to find the right hearing aids and assistive listening devices for you, based on the results of thorough evaluations and your lifestyle, cosmetic and budget needs.

Hearing Aid Maintenance

It's important that your hearing aid is performing at full capacity in order for you to receive the complete benefits that it can provide. Here are 7 tips to keep your hearing aids working properly:

  • Open the battery door each time the hearing aid is removed. This will prevent moisture buildup and help dry out the hearing aid.
  • Clean the hearing aid daily, using the provided brush and a tissue. Cleaning will prevent wax buildup in the tube leading from the speaker to the outside of the hearing aid. Make sure you do not push wax down the tubing.
  • Never sleep in your hearing aid. Remove it before going to bed.
  • Your ear should be cleared of wax on a regular basis.
  • A dry-aid kit should be used daily. It contains moisture-absorbing silicone crystals. The silicone can be recharged by putting it in the oven once the color changes to pink. The hearing aid’s battery has to be removed before using the kit.
  • To avoid feedback in your hearing aid, turn it off before placing in your ear.
  • If your hearing aid is malfunctioning, it may be necessary to have a professional conduct hearing aid repair, or re-program your hearing aid.

At Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida, we offer free in-office hearing aid demonstrations so you can try the hearing aids out for yourself before purchasing. When your hearing aids arrive, we provide comprehensive hearing aid services and follow-up care.