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In-the-Ear (ITE)

In the ear hearing aids can also mean the larger one-piece hearing devices pictured here. These aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and house all components in this single, custom-fitted piece.
Description
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle device. The traditional ITE hearing aid come in different sizes, and are typically worn fully inside the ear or ear canal. These types of hearing aids can house many electronic features within one single case, providing room for more features including a telecoil, multiple directional microphones and more. 
 
All the components are located inside a small shell. Volume can be adjusted and programs can be selected by remote control. Many models can be connected wirelessly to electronic devices such as mobile phones and TV sets.
Advantages
  • Discreet and barely visible from the outside
  • Suitable for people who wear glasses
  • More comfortable to wear during sports & activities
  • CIC models produce a natural sound because they utilize the characteristics of the concha
Disadvantages
  • Only suitable for those with mild or moderate hearing loss
  • Can create “plugged up” feeling
  • Susceptible to moisture
  • Use depends on the size of the ear canal
     

The structure of ITE devices

All the components are located inside a small shell. This is inserted into the ear like an earplug. Some devices have an antenna-like plastic tab to ease removal. In-the-ear hearing aids are self-contained units. Volume can be adjusted and programs can be selected by remote control. Many models can be connected wirelessly to electronic devices such as mobile phones and TV sets.

These hearing aids sit more or less inside the ear. There are different types of ITE hearing aids:
  • Concha devices, which sit inside the concha.
  • Ear canal devices, which sit further inside the ear canal.
  • Completely invisible models: Completely-in-canal (CIC) devices.

 

Types of In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

In-the-Ear (ITE)

The housing of this hearing aid completely fills the concha. The advantages include a longer battery life, the availability of a power version for severe hearing loss, and improved operation.

In-the-Canal (ITC)

This is a small and discreet custom model. The hearing aid housing sits in the ear canal, thus only filling half of the concha.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

The smallest custom model, the CIC offers the ultimate in discretion as it is virtually invisible from the outside. These devices typically have a nylon strand to facilitate removal from the ear.

Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)

This subgroup of CIC devices are hearing aids that are worn deep in the ear canal making them completely discreet. Phonak's Lyric is an example of an IIC hearing aid.
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