Hearing Aid Guide

The PENTA audiologists work with a variety of manufacturers, which includes Phonak, Siemens, and Resound. However, as audiologists, we are able to choose from any manufacturer.

Receiver in the Canal (RIC)

  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • Cosmetically appealing
  • Provides the benefits of a full-size model BTE in the smallest casing available
  • Sound conducted into the ear by receiver in the canal
  • Available in many colors

Behind The Ear (BTE)

  • For mild to profound hearing loss
  • All components in a small, slim case worn behind the ear
  • Sound conducted to the ear through a plastic tube attached to an earmold
  • Capability to manually adjust volume or programs depending on the manufacture
  • Available in many colors

In The Ear (ITE)

  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • All components contained in a housing that fills concha bowl of the outer ear and extends into the ear canal
  • Sound conducted into the ear by receiver in the canal

In The Canal (ITC)

  • For mild to moderately-severe hearing loss
  • Moderately small
  • All components in a housing that fits in ear opening and canal
  • Sound conducted into the ear by the receiver in the canal
  • Less visible in the ear than ITE models

Completely In The Canal (CIC)

  • For mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Cosmetically appealing
  • All components in a molded housing that fits in the ear canal
  • Receiver located in the canal
  • No user-adjustable controls
  • Almost invisible in ear
  • Wearer must have a fairly straight ear canal
Welcome to PENTA!

During this extraordinary time and for the safety of everyone in our building, please be aware of the following:

  • Do not bring additional people into the building.
    • It is best if you are alone as the patient enter the building for your visit today. We ask that other members of your party please wait in the car.
    • One parent or guardian may accompany a child under the age of 18.
    • If you have an exceptional need, please let the greeter know the details. She will need to get special permission from your doctor.
  • We will take your temperature and ask you about symptoms before you can proceed to check-in.
    • If you have a fever and/or cough:
      • You will be asked to wait in your car until the greeter can discuss the situation with your doctor. You may be asked to report to your primary care physician for your condition.
We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times. Our goal is to take care of essential ENT conditions and protect the safety of you, other patients, and the PENTA staff.