When looking for a hearing aid a loved one or for yourself you will be confronted by a range of styles and features, 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. What follow is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the in-the-ear hearing aid style.
An ITE 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 of the hearing aid components fit inside the case. That means that the in-the-ear hearing aid has no external tubes or wires. As a result, in-the-ear devices are light and extremely 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‚Äôs ability to collect and focus high frequency sound waves. Another nice feature of the in-the-ear 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. In-the-ear hearing aids are very small, which offers both advantages and disadvantages.
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. But, the small size also limits the size of the battery and optional features that can be included inside the case. Handling the device and changing the battery inside requires good finger dexterity and eyesight.
As with all the hearing aid styles available, ITE hearing aid has both advantages and disadvantages. Give us a call for help choosing the best hearing aid style for your lifestyle and hearing loss.