In-the-canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

In the canal (ITC) hearing aids are small, discreet, custom-made hearing aids, which fit into the bottom half of the ear. These types of hearing aid are smaller than in the ear (ITE) hearing aids and less visible than behind the ear aids; although they are not completely invisible like IIC hearing aids, they are barely noticeable, especially as you can match the device to your skin tone.

In the canal hearing aids are generally best suited to people who have mild or moderate hearing loss; if you have more significant hearing loss, another type of hearing aid may be recommended, but this doesn't mean that you will end up with a bulky, highly visible aid; there are lots of options for people who have more severe hearing loss.

There are a variety of shade options available and you can choose the closest match to your natural skin tone to make the hearing aid as discreet as possible. There are also various different brands and your audiologist can help you to choose the best device based on budget and performance.

Every in the canal hearing aid should be custom-made for the individual and fitted by a qualified audiologist. It is important that the hearing aid fits properly in order to ensure the best results and to reduce the risk of discomfort. When your hearing aid is ready, you will be invited to an appointment to fit the aid and your audiologist will adjust the aid and programme it; if you are unhappy with the fit or you are struggling with the sound, don't hesitate to let your audiologist know, as it is essential that you are happy with your hearing aid.

In the canal hearing aids are different to completely in the canal hearing aids (CIC); completely in the canal hearing aids fit almost entirely within the ear canal, making them virtually invisible to other people. In the canal hearing aids may be recommended for people who have ear canals, which are too narrow to accommodate completely in the canal hearing aids comfortably.

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