In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

A powerful and flexible hearing aid

The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is our most powerful in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid. The ITC hearing aid sits slightly further out of your ear canal and is custom-made based upon your unique ear shape. For those with mild to severe hearing loss and in search of a hearing aid with greater flexibility and functionality, the ITC hearing aid could be a great choice.


Features of the in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

Similar to all ITE hearing aids, the ITC holds all of its essential components within a lightweight plastic shell that is made for your ear. However, there are some significant differences between the ITC and both the IIC and CIC hearing aid.

Slightly bigger

The ITC is bigger than the other two ITE models. As a result, it sits slightly further out of your ear canal. However, you can choose from a range of casings to match your device with your skin tone to help make it less noticeable.

Number of features

The ITC can house more features. Because of its larger size, it can have push button controls for volume and program change on the actual hearing aid. This allows you to manually adapt your hearing aid to the environment you are in.
With an average lifespan of 5 to 7 years, the ITC is a modern hearing device for your modern lifestyle.

How does the in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid work?

All hearing aids use the same essential components to help the movement of sound from your surrounding environment into your ear and finally into a satisfactory level of loudness based on your hearing requirements and settings. These include:

  • one or two microphones
  • an amplifier (makes sound louder)
  • a microchip (also otherwise known as a signal processor)
  • a battery
  • a loudspeaker.

The microphone of the ITC receives the sound waves from the environment and converts them into electrical signals. The signals are then processed by the microchip and sent to the amplifier. The amplifier strengthens the signals' power and then sends them to the loudspeaker, which allows you to hear the sound. The sound is processed based on your environment and the degree of your hearing loss.

Advantages of an in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

Comfortable hearing aid

Made for your unique ear shape, the ITC should fit perfectly in your ear. As it sits completely in the ear, with nothing behind the ear, it will not interfere with eyeglasses or masks due to its location. The ITC is comfortable to wear and easy for users to adapt to as they enjoy improving their hearing capabilities.

Versatile hearing aid

The ITC hearing aid is discreet but does not sit entirely inside the ear canal. This has many benefits. It makes it easier to insert and remove and provides room on the casing for a selection of control buttons. These control buttons allow you to make changes to the volume and selected program depending on your environment for a better listening experience.

Clear sound

The ITC shell size not only has the advantage of fitting control buttons, but also offers the space to provide, not one, but two microphones. Smaller ITE hearing aids are so small that they provide only a single microphone. Two microphones mean the hearing aid can work to reduce the noise coming from behind you while focusing on the important sounds from the front. This offers a clearer sound in more busy environments - a clearer sound for an improved listening experience.

Get to know your options

Finding the right type and style of hearing aid for you can depend on many factors. It could be the degree of hearing loss you have, your lifestyle preferences, or cosmetic concerns. Learn more about Philips HearLink hearing aids.

ITE style hearing aids are currently not available in North America, please contact us if you need additional information

Man sitting on a couch checking his hearing with the online hearing test

Check your hearing

Would you like to learn more about your hearing ability? Within five minutes we can give you an idea of how well you hear.