In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids are suited to people with all levels of hearing loss and they offer a more discreet alternative to behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. In the ear aids sit within the ear and all the components of the aid are contained within a single shell, so there are no wires to worry about.

In the ear hearing aids are not invisible, as they are located within the ear, rather than inside the ear canal; however, they are barely detectable and you can choose a hearing aid, which matches your skin tone for a seamless aesthetic. This helps to give you confidence and ensures that you don't have to worry about what you look like or what other people may think. Many people believe that there is a stigma related to hearing loss still and discreet hearing aids help to reduce the risk of people feeling self-conscious about wearing hearing aids in public. If the appearance of the hearing aid is very important to you, you should say this when you have your hearing tests and initial consultations, as your audiologist will be able to narrow down your options based on this preference.

There are full and half versions of in the ear hearing aids available; the half version is simply a slightly smaller model of the full in the ear aid.

Although in the ear (ITE) hearing aids are small and discreet, they are simple to operate and the controls are easily accessible, so they should be suitable for the majority of people. There are various different styles and brands available and if you decide to go for an in the ear hearing aid, your audiologist will be able to help you go through the different options and compare them based on performance, reviews, prices and features, which may suit your level of hearing loss best.

When you have your ITE hearing aid fitted, your audiologist will show you how to programme the aid and adjust the settings to suit your needs and preferences; they will also provide you with information about maintaining and cleaning your hearing aid.

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