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.

Learn more about the ITC hearing aid and other in-the-ear hearing aids

Read more about the features and capabilities of the Philips HearLink ITC hearing aid. In addition, if you are also after further insight into the different types of in-the-ear hearing models available on the market, here are links to the IIC and CIC hearing aid pages.

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.

  • Philips HearLink invisible-in-canal (IIC) in-the-ear hearing aid

    The extra small

    The smallest Philips HearLink hearing aid that fits deeply in the ear canal and is practically invisible. This hearing aid style is for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.

  • Philips HearLink completely-in-canal in-the-ear hearing aid (CIC)

    The discreet

    This in-the-ear hearing aid style is for mild to moderately severe hearing losses. It is worn completely in the ear canal and is barely visible from the outside.

  • Philips HearLink in-the-canal in-the-ear hearing aid (ITC)

    The convertible

    This in-the-ear hearing aid offers many options for individualization including Program Button and Volume Control. This hearing aid style is for mild to severe hearing losses. It is worn in the ear canal and is visibly discreet.

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