Medical Definition of Hearing aid

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Hearing aid: An instrument to help in hearing. There are four common styles of hearing aids.

From largest to smallest, they are:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids,
  • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids,
  • In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids, and
  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids.

There is also a body hearing aid for very severe hearing loss. In general, hearing aids should ideally be binaural (in both ears), if the hearing loss involves both ears.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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