As you research hearing aids – either for yourself or a loved one – one of the more widespread alternatives you will encounter is the in-the-ear (ITE) style. 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 in-the-ear 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. 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. Unlike behind-the-ear devices, in-the-ear hearing aids don’t require any tubes or wires: all the device’s components are included in a single case. As a result, in-the-ear devices are light and extremely comfortable.
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’s ability to collect and focus high frequency sound waves. Additionally, because this type of hearing aid is recessed in the ear, many people are able to use telephones and headsets normally. The in-the-ear 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. The downside of this is that they cannot store all of the features that other hearing aid styles do. Handling the device and changing the battery inside requires good finger dexterity and eyesight.
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. For help choosing the best hearing aid style for your hearing loss and lifestyle give us a call.