When shopping for a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one you will be confronted by a range of styles and shapes, 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. If you choose to use this type of device, your hearing professional will use a mold to make sure it fits your ear perfectly. 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. Overall they are easy to use being very lightweight and 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. Another nice feature of the ITE hearing aid is that it sites recessed into the ear. This means that most people have no problem using headsets and telephones which rest up against the ear. This type of hearing aid’s small size can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.
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. Their small size also keeps people who have poor eyesight or motor control from easily operating the controls and replacing the batteries.
Despite its flaws, many listeners greatly benefit from ITE hearing aids’ small size and high sound quality, making them an ideal device for many individuals. Give us a call for help choosing the best hearing aid style for your lifestyle and hearing loss.