When shopping for a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one you will be confronted by a variety of designs and shapes, and one of the more 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. Read on to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of ITE hearing aids.
An in-the-ear hearing aid is a small device that is custom-made to fit your ear shape. Your hearing professional will make a mold of your ear to make sure that the end result is a perfect fit. The result is an exceptionally comfortable hearing aid with high sound quality and low feedback. All the components needed for this type of hearing aid are stored in a single case, eliminating the need for wires and tubes. Overall they are easy to use being very lightweight and comfortable.
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. Additionally, because this type of hearing aid is recessed in the ear, many people are able to use telephones and headsets normally. In-the-ear hearing aids are very small, which offers both advantages and disadvantages.
Small size is good for wearers that wish to disguise their hearing aid. 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.
While some users may not find in-the-ear hearing aids ideal, for many others they are the ideal device. Give us a call for help choosing the best hearing aid style for your lifestyle and hearing loss.