You’ll likely be exposed to numerous hearing aid styles and shapes when choosing a device for a loved one or for yourself, and one of the most common is in-the-ear (ITE). These tiny devices are made to fit in the lower portion of the outer ear, making them a comfortable choice for listeners with mild to moderate hearing problems. What follow is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the ITE hearing aid style.
In-the-ear hearing aids are specially designed to fit each wearerâ€™s ear. The custom fit is achieved by first creating an ear mold which becomes the template for the device’s shape. By doing so, you will enjoy high quality sound, low feedback, and an extremely comfortable overall experience. All of the hearing aid components fit inside the case. That means that the ITE hearing aid has no external tubes or wires. As a result, in-the-ear devices are light and extremely comfortable.
ITE devices are especially capable of picking up high-frequency sounds. This enhanced ability to collect and focus high-frequency sounds is a result of their location inside rather than behind the outer ear. Another nice feature of the in-the-ear hearing aid is that it sites recessed into the ear. This means that most people have no problem using headsets and telephones which rest up against the ear. This type of hearing aidâ€™s small size can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.
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. People with poor motor control or eyesight problems may have difficulty replacing the battery or operating the controls.
Despite its flaws, many listeners greatly benefit from ITE hearing aidsâ€™ small size and high sound quality, making them an ideal device for many individuals. For help choosing the best hearing aid style for your hearing loss and lifestyle give us a call.