There are several styles of hearing aids that are worn inside the ear. There is In-The-Ear (ITE) which sits in the ear opening, In-The-Canal (ITC) which sits in the canal of the ear, Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) and Completely-In-Canal (CIC) which both reside inside the canal and have no external components.
All of these in the ear styles of hearing aids are custom made to fit to the wearer’s ear. These styles are best for mild to moderate hearing loss and only the In-The-Ear (ITE) style could be used in severe hearing loss cases.
Each model would have specific benefits but overall they share some of the same benefits:
• They are all custom fit to your ear specifically ensure a great fit
• They are all small and light weight
• Better at picking up high frequency sounds
• They are for those that wish to have a discrete hearing aid that isn’t as obvious as Behind The Ear models
• They are coloured to match the skin camouflage them to be even more discrete
There are some disadvantages besides the obvious, easy to misplace size, they tend to have smaller batteries which will require them to be changed more often. They also don’t tend to have all the features found in larger hearing aids and can be more difficult to use for those with larger fingers or dexterity issues.
We carry the largest number of brands in all of Canada and therefore can provide you with the largest selection of In-The-Ear, Invisible-In-Canal, In-The-Canal and Completely-In-Canal styles. We carry these hearing aids from companies like Phonak, Oticon, Starkey and many more.
While most of these are for mild to moderate hearing loss some manufacturers still provide an impressive list of features. The one main consideration is that these styles of hearing aids all have to be custom moulded to the wearer’s ear which typically increases the price over BTE and RIC style hearing aids.
The simple answer is we don’t know. When deciding the best hearing aid for you our hearing specialists will take several factors into consideration such as:
How active you are and the types of social situations you engage in can very much influence the type of hearing aid that is best for you and the situations you need to hear In. This is where our hearing aid specialists can assist you in determine the best hearing aid while also considering your budget. They will take the time to show you how to use your hearing aid and program it specifically for your needs.
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