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In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

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What are ITE hearing Aids?

In-The-Ear hearing aids are also sometimes referred to as ‘custom’ hearing aids, or ‘full shell’ hearing aids. ITE aids are very popular and are a great choice for people that need higher-than-usual levels of amplification and processing power. 

Because ITEs are moulded to fit your ear shape, they are very comfortable to wear. They come in a variety of different colours, and skin tone colours are often used for discretion.

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How do in-the-ear hearing aids work?

Much like their name suggests, in-the-ear hearing aids are worn in the conch of your ear. ITE aids usually fill the entire bowl of your ear. They come in a variety of different types and sizes, but they are usually custom-made to fit the shape of your ear perfectly. All of the components, (including, receiver, microphone, amplifier, batteries, etc.) fit into the casing. 

Essentially the ITE hearing aid detects, processes, and amplifies sounds so that they can be heard better by the wearer.

There are certain functions and buttons that are situated on the hearing aid itself, but most modern ITEs are controlled through a dedicated remote or a smartphone app.

The benefits of in-the-ear hearing aids
  • Powerful Amplification- ITE aids are known for providing powerful amplification, making them ideal for those with severe levels of hearing loss.
  • Easy to Use- Because of the size and shape of the devices, ITE aids are very easy to use. They are fairly larger and more robust than other types of hearing aids, which also makes them easier to clean.
  • Use the Phone Normally- When wearing BTE or RIC hearing aids, you need to hold the phone just in front of or just behind the ear. With ITE aids, you can speak on the phone as you usually would.
  • Comfortable- ITE aids are made to fit your specific ear shape, making them comfortable to wear and easy to insert and remove.
Are there any disadvantages of ITE hearing aids?
  • Even though ITE aids sit inside the ear and come in many different flesh tones, they are still quite noticeable, and this may be seen as a disadvantage by some.
  • The other disadvantage is that they take smaller batteries than BTEs, and do not have an impressive battery life. ITE hearing aids are also known to be quite pricy.

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