With all of the different types of hearing aids out on the market, it can be hard to decide which is best for your needs. How do you know the difference between all the models out there and how to choose the right one? In-the-ear hearing aids, also called ITE or custom, come in a variety of different options and solutions. Keep reading to find out if ITE hearing aids might be right for you.
What are in-the-ear hearing aids?
ITE hearing aids are some of the most discreet hearing devices available. They fit discreetly inside the ear and are custom designed to fit the shape of your ear canal. They tend to be more comfortable than other hearing devices, and stay put when taking off your glasses, clothes, or mask. ITE hearing aids are best for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
In-the-ear hearing aids come in different sizes and styles, but they all sit in some part of the ear canal, and all the components are housed inside the small device. ITEs are lightweight, small, and pack a lot of punch with today’s powerful technology.
There are a variety of ITE hearing devices from which to choose.
- Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC), for mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss: These hearing aids sit completely in the ear canal and are inserted and removed with a discreet wire or tube. They are the smallest hearing aid available and provide superior sound quality in a tiny package.
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC), for mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss: Just slightly larger than IIC hearing aids, CICs also offer a custom fit and sit in the ear canal.
- In-the-canal (ITC), for mild-to-severe hearing loss: Also custom fit to the ear, ITC models are still discreet but large enough for volume buttons and other controls.
- Half shell (HS), for mild-to-severe hearing loss: HS hearing aids fill half of the ear and are large enough to add features like directional microphones yet still remain discreet. HS hearing aids offer wireless connectivity to other devices, like cellphones and headsets.
- Full shell (FS), for mild-to-severe hearing loss: Easier to handle than most ITE hearing devices, a FS hearing aid also has more features than the smaller ITE hearing aids due to its larger size. However, FS devices still sit securely in the ear. A FS hearing aid also provides wireless connectivity to cellphones and other devices.
Are ITE hearing aids right for me?
Only your hearing care provider knows for sure which hearing aids are best for your needs, but let’s take a look at what in-the-ear hearing aids can do.
ITE hearing aids are beneficial for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss, as well as those with more active lifestyles. This is because ITE hearing devices fit snugly in the ear canal, making them less likely to fall out during strenuous activities like running, biking, or climbing. Plus, ITEs are custom molded to fit perfectly in your ear canal, ensuring a comfortable fit.
Take the following into consideration when deciding on an in-the-ear hearing aid:
- What features are you looking for in a hearing aid?
- What are your lifestyle needs – are you an athlete, musician, or have other special needs?
- Do you have cosmetic preferences, and want a discreet hearing aid?
- Are you looking for a custom and comfortable fit?
In-the-ear hearing aids might be just the solution you’re looking for.
If you have questions about what hearing aids are right for you, or want to learn more about Oticon’s ITE hearing devices, contact a hearing care provider in your area today!