As you research hearing aids – either for a loved one or yourself – one of the more popular options you will encounter is the in-the-ear (ITE) style. These tiny devices are made to fit in the lower portion of the outer ear, making them a comfortable choice for listeners with mild to moderate hearing problems. Keep reading to find out more about this popular hearing aid style.

In-the-ear hearing aids are specially designed to fit each wearer’s ear. 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 ITE hearing aid has no external tubes or wires. As a result, in-the-ear devices are light and extremely 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. 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. 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.

While some users may not find in-the-ear hearing aids ideal, for many others they are the ideal device. Give us a call for help choosing the best hearing aid style for your lifestyle and hearing loss.