When shopping for a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one you’ll encounter a variety of styles 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.
In-the-ear hearing aids are specially designed to fit each wearer’s ear. The custom fit is achieved by first creating an ear mold which becomes the template for the device’s shape. The result is an exceptionally comfortable hearing aid with high sound quality and low feedback. 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.
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). This enhanced ability to collect and focus high-frequency sounds is a result of their location inside rather than behind the outer ear. 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.
The devices are easy to camouflage in the ear, making them a good choice for wearers who are self-conscious about their need for a hearing aid. 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.
While some users may not find in-the-ear hearing aids ideal, for many others they are the ideal device. For help choosing the best hearing aid style for your hearing loss and lifestyle give us a call.