When searching for a hearing aid a loved one or for yourself you’ll encounter a range of designs and features, and one of the most common is In-the-Ear (ITE). These hearing aids are a great choice for people with mild to moderate hearing loss as they are small, comfortable, and fit securely 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. If you choose to use this type of device, your hearing professional will use a mold to make sure it fits your ear perfectly. 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 ITE hearing aid has no external tubes or wires. This makes them lightweight and easy to wear.
In-the-ear hearing aids have a number of auditory advantages, including their superior ability to pick up on high-frequency sounds. This is due to their placement in relation to the outer ear, which collects and focuses many high frequency sound waves. ITE devices are also recessed far enough into the ear that headsets and telephones can usually be used normally. The ITE device is very small. Their small size has advantages and disadvantages to consider.
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. But, the small size also limits the size of the battery and optional features that can be included inside the case. Handling the device and changing the battery inside requires good finger dexterity and eyesight.
Despite its flaws, many listeners greatly benefit from ITE 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.