You’ll probably be exposed to a number of hearing aid styles and features when choosing a device for a loved one or for yourself, and one of the most 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. What follow is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the ITE hearing aid style.
Each in-the-ear hearing aid is custom made for the wearer because it must fit the exact shape of your 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. Unlike behind-the-ear devices, ITE hearing aids don‚Äôt require any tubes or wires: all the device‚Äôs components are included in a single case. This makes them lightweight and easy to wear.
The ITE hearing aid style has certain distinct advantages. It tends to be excellent at handling high-frequency sounds (which is the range where many people have the most significant hearing loss). Unlike a behind-the-ear model, these devices can take advantage of the outer ear‚Äôs 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. This type of hearing aid‚Äôs 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. However, this small size also causes a short battery life and keeps them from having all the features found in some other devices. Handling the device and changing the battery inside requires good finger dexterity and eyesight.
As with all the hearing aid styles available, in-the-ear hearing aid has both advantages and disadvantages. A hearing aid specialist can help you evaluate your options and make recommendations based on your needs and preferences.