In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

A personal, comfortable, customized hearing aid

The in-the-ear (ITE) hearings aids are custom made to your exact ear anatomy and are simply placed within your outer ear and ear canal. There are four main types of ITE hearing aids, these are:

  • the invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid
  • the completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid
  • the full/half shell in-the-ear hearing aid
  • the full shell (ITE FS) and half shell (ITE HS) in-the-ear hearing aid.

The in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are most commonly used by those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Although the biggest of all ITE hearing aids, the full/half shell ITE is also suitable for those with severe hearing loss.

To create your easy to handle custom-fit hearing aid, your hearing care specialist will make an impression, or mold, of your ear. This mold will be used to build your hearing aid specifically to your ear shape and size. The ITE hearing devices are comfortable to wear and tailored to your hearing requirements and lifestyle needs.

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How do ITE hearing aids work?

Like all hearing aids, the in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids have five core components. They are:

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

The ITE hearing aids gather sounds from the world around you. The microphone picks up sound and converts the waves into electrical signals. The sound is processed depending on your environment and the degree of your hearing loss. The signal is then sent to the amplifier, which strengthens the signal’s power. The amplified signal is then sent to the loudspeaker, which allows you to hear the sound.

Advantages of an ITE hearing aid

The in-the-ear hearing aids can help make a sound audible so you can communicate better and participate more fully in daily life. The ITE hearing aid is different from other styles because it provides the benefit of the amplified sound encased in the customized shell of the hearing aid.

A hearing solution that offers the ease of handling while providing the sound you need. There are many more advantages to choosing an ITE hearing aid; these include:

  • It is custom-made for your ear. Your hearing care specialist takes a mold of your ear to order the hearing aid built specifically for your ear. Except for the IIC model, the ITE hearing aids are available in colors to blend with your skin tone.
  • The user does not wear anything behind the ear; with the ITE, you simply insert the hearing aid into the ear. It is easy to insert and easy to handle.
  • It is convenient for users who wear glasses.
  • The larger ITE hearing aids use larger batteries which offers power for longer.

Variation of the ITE hearing aid style

Hearing aids help to improve your ability to hear by processing the sounds around you and making them easier to understand. To get the most out of your hearing aid, it is important to select the one that is right for you. Finding the right hearing aid depends on several factors. These could be:

  • type and degree of hearing loss
  • desired features
  • ear anatomy
  • specific lifestyle needs
  • budget
  • cosmetic appeal.

If you are interested in ITE hearing aids, there are several different styles of this model.

Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids

The IIC hearing aid is for maximum discreetness. These small hearing aids are suitable for those with mild to moderately severe hearing loss and are an excellent choice if you lead a moderately or heavily active lifestyle. They are placed deep in your ear canal, thus providing little distraction as you go about your daily life. A removal line assists with taking out the hearing aid at the end of the day. 

Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids

The completely-in-canal hearing aid is worn entirely in the ear canal for those experiencing mild to moderately severe hearing losses. Perfect for an active lifestyle, this lightweight hearing aid typically comes with a removal line to help with removal from your ear. With a range of features, this aid provides a barely visible role in improving your hearing capabilities. 

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

The in-the-canal hearing aid is placed within the ear canal and is partially visible as it sits slightly further out. You can choose from a range of flesh-toned casings to help make it less noticeable. It is suitable for those with mild to severe hearing loss, and due to its slightly larger size, it can fit more features. The ITC hearing aid has a range of options for individualization, creating a custom-built aid for your needs and lifestyle. 

Full/half shell in-the-ear hearing aids

The largest ITE styles include the full shell in-the-ear hearing aid and the half shell in-the-ear hearing aid. The full shell hearing aid fills most of the concha, or the bowl-shaped area just outside the opening of the ear canal. The half shell hearing aid fills approximately half of the concha space. Both are suitable for those with mild to severe hearing losses. They are larger in size than the other ITE hearing aids but offer more opportunities for full features like volume control and directional microphones (two microphones instead of one to help when listening in noise).

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.

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