Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are powerful devices with capabilities such as Bluetooth, noise reduction and feedback cancellation.

Enjoy an improved listening experience with our wide range of hearing aids.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are powerful devices that are worn behind the ear. The electrical components of these hearing aids are stored in a small, plastic casing. Sound is then transmitted via a wire or tube that goes into the ear canal.

BTE devices are available in a wide range of colours. You can opt for one that suits your hair or skin tone, or one that conveys your unique personality.

Traditional BTE hearing aids

Traditional behind-the-ear (BTE)

Traditional BTE hearing aids are slightly larger than their RITE counterparts.

The speaker can be found in the casing of the device and sound is sent to the ear via a tube.


  • For severe to profound hearing loss
  • Casing is larger than RITE hearing aids
  • Electronic components are kept away from discharge, ear wax and moisture
Receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid

Receiver-in-the-ear/receiver-in-canal (RITE/RIC)

RITE hearing aids are also known as Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids.

They are popular among wearers due to their size, comfort and weight.


  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Casing is smaller than BTE hearing aids
  • Receiver is susceptible to discharge, ear wax and moisture

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are a range of custom made devices that are discreet and individually moulded to fit the contours of the wearer’s ear. Depending on the style of the device, the hearing aid may sit closer to the outer ear, or deep within the ear canal. They are also available in an array of colours.

Invisible-in-the-canal IIC hearing aid<br />

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)

Each IIC hearing aid is tailored to match the contours of your ear such that it sits far inside the ear canal.

These hearing aids are the most discreet option and cannot be seen by others.


  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Most discreet
  • Smallest in size
Completely in the canal hearing aid

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aids sit fully inside the ear canal. However, they may still be visible from certain angles.

To make these hearing aids as discreet as possible, you can match the colour of the faceplate to the colour of your ear.


  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Very discreet
  • Equipped with a push-button for manual control
In the canal hearing aid

In-the-canal (ITC)

ITC hearing aids come with control buttons that allow you to change the programme and volume.

As this type of hearing aid is a little larger as compared to its CIC counterpart, individuals who are looking for a more discreet option may prefer CIC or IIC hearing aids.


  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Discreet
  • Offers maximum support for hearing in noisy environments
  • Full range of features is available
  • Option for wireless connectivity is available
Half-shell hearing aid


These devices are the largest of the custom hearing aids, making them the easiest to use and handle.

They are often equipped with the most functions such as directional microphones and volume wheels.


  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Easiest to handle and control
  • Offers maximum support for hearing in noisy environments
  • Full range of features is available
  • Equipped with wireless connectivity

Brands of Hearing Aids at Hearing Partners

At Hearing Partners, we carry 2 brands of hearing aids – Oticon and Rexton. Learn more about them below.

Oticon hearing aid with charger


Oticon is one of the market leaders in the global hearing healthcare industry. The brand is equipped with over 118 years of experience and is driven by innovation and customer care.

Their aim is to create products that help improve the lives of those with hearing loss. This is illustrated through their patented BrainHearing™ technology which is designed to reduce the strain on your brain while providing you with a natural hearing experience.

Rexton hearing aid with charger


For almost 70 years since it was established, Rexton has consistently delivered reliable, practical hearing solutions to users. Their hearing aids are built for durability; they can endure environmental elements including rain and UV rays, as well as rough handling.

Moreover, their BiCore technology reduces sound distortion and promotes speech preservation so you can better focus on conversations.

Why Choose Hearing Partners?

Convenient locations

Our hearing clinics are located at 10 convenient locations in Singapore. They can be found in both the heartlands and the central region of Singapore.

Short waiting time

While public hospitals typically involve a waiting time of 3 to 6 months, you can get an appointment with our audiologists within 1 week so your hearing concerns can be addressed as quickly as possible.

Knowledgeable team of audiologists and audiometricians

Our team of audiologists and audiometricians are equipped with years of experience in hearing healthcare. They are dedicated to providing personalised care to meet the unique needs of each individual.

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FAQs About the Types of Hearing Aids

Which is the best type of hearing aid?

It depends based on the severity of your hearing loss and your needs. Your audiologist will take into account these aspects before recommending you a hearing aid.

Other factors that you may want to discuss with your audiologist during the selection process include:

  • Technology
  • Product features and functions
  • Budget
  • Design

How much do hearing aids cost?

On average, hearing aids in Singapore can cost between $800 to $8,000 per piece. The cost will depend on the brand, model and features of the device. Eligible individuals can apply for the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) and the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) to receive subsidies for their hearing aids.

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