You will likely encounter numerous hearing aid styles and features when choosing a device for a loved one or for yourself; among the more 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. 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. If you choose to use this type of device, your hearing professional will use a mold to make sure it fits your ear perfectly. This tailor-fit is to ensure that the aid produces high quality sound and to eliminate feedback, but it offers the additional advantage of being very comfortable. Unlike behind-the-ear devices, ITE hearing aids don‚Äôt require any tubes or wires: all the device‚Äôs components are included in a single case. As a result, in-the-ear devices are light and extremely comfortable.
In-the-ear hearing aids have a number of auditory advantages, including their superior ability to pick up on high-frequency sounds. This is due to their placement in relation to the outer ear, which collects and focuses many high frequency sound waves. ITE devices are also recessed far enough into the ear that headsets and telephones can usually be used normally. The ITE device is very small. Their small size has advantages and disadvantages to consider.
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. 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‚Äô small size and high sound quality, making them an ideal device for many individuals. For help choosing the best hearing aid style for your hearing loss and lifestyle give us a call.