When looking for a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one you’ll encounter a variety of designs and features, and one of the more common is In-the-Ear (ITE). In-the-ear hearing aids are a popular choice for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. They are custom-made to fit comfortably in the lower portion of the outer ear. Keep reading to find out more about this popular hearing aid style.
An in-the-ear hearing aid is a small device that is custom-made to fit your ear shape. The custom fit is achieved by first creating an ear mold which becomes the template for the device’s shape. This tailor-fit is to ensure that the aid produces high quality sound and to eliminate feedback, but it offers the additional advantage of being very comfortable. All of the hearing aid components fit inside the case. That means that the in-the-ear hearing aid has no external tubes or wires. This makes them lightweight and easy to wear.
ITE devices are especially capable of picking up high-frequency sounds. Unlike a behind-the-ear model, these devices can take advantage of the outer ear’s ability to collect and focus high frequency sound waves. ITE devices are also recessed far enough into the ear that headsets and telephones can usually be used normally. In-the-ear hearing aids are very small, which offers both advantages and disadvantages.
Their small size keeps them from being very obvious, making them a great choice for listeners who are a little self-conscious about wearing a device. However, this small size also causes a short battery life and keeps them from having all the features found in some other devices. Their small size also keeps people who have poor eyesight or motor control from easily operating the controls and replacing the batteries.
Despite its flaws, many listeners greatly benefit from in-the-ear hearing aids’ small size and high sound quality, making them an ideal device for many individuals. Give us a call for help choosing the best hearing aid style for your lifestyle and hearing loss.