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In-the-ear hearing aids are precisely cast to snuggle into the shape of your ear

Embrace your shape

No two ears are the same, so why should hearing aids be? With in-the-ear hearing aids, also know as ITE or full shell, you'll get a fit tailor-made to every curve and bend of your ear. Gone are the days of bulky, uncomfortable hearing devices. With ITE hearing aids, you can forget about what you're wearing and focus on what matters.

ITE in action

With in-the-ear hearing aids, all essential elements are stored in the large shell of the device. This gathers sound from the outside world through a microphone, converts it into sound waves that are enhanced through an amplifier, and sends it to a speaker for you to hear the sound. Amazing how much action is packed into such a tiny device, isn't it?

Pros and Cons

If you're looking for a hearing device that's small and discreet but still packs the power you want, in-the-ear hearing aids are a compromise you won't regret. Slightly bigger than in-the-canal styles, the larger shell of ITE hearing aids makes room for a bigger battery and powerful features. With all essential elements directly inside the outer ear, you don't have to worry about a bulky, external device getting in your way. Think clear sounds and optimal fit. 

Keep in mind, however, that there can be downsides to this type of style. Since the microphone and receiver are in close quarters, if the device isn't properly fitted or gets knocked out of place, it can lead to feedback, an unpleasant, high-pitched noise. In addition, since the device fits directly into the ear, there is a higher chance of earwax build-up. This makes maintenance and cleaning essential if you choose to go with an in-the-ear design.

Why say yes to ITE

If a custom, comfortable style is something you're looking for in your hearing aids, an in-the-ear design is a great fit—literally. Your hearing care professional will take an impression of your ear, meaning your hearing aid will be made for every bend and curve of your ear. Combine that with a range of available colors, which can be matched to your skin tone, and you'll get a device that's tailor-made for you. If you have trouble handling smaller devices but don't want to settle for a big, bulky alternative, ITE hearing aids are also the way to go.

Hearing loss levels

Just like every ear shape and form is different, so too is an individual's degree of hearing loss. Is an in-the-ear hearing aid a good option for you? Those with mild or moderate hearing loss can definitely benefit from this design. And since there are options for a slightly larger design, even those will more severe hearing loss may find an ITE design that works for them as well.

Adjusting to your ITE hearing aid

The benefit of the in-the-ear design is its custom fit to the shape of your ear. If you have a hearing aid that has been properly fitted to your ear, it should fit comfortably and provide a clear, authentic sound. With that said, any new device will take a bit of time to get used to.

ITE vs other designs

Small enough to go mostly unnoticed, yet big enough for powerful functionality, we like to think of the in-the-ear design as the ultimate happy medium. If you prefer stronger features over a discreet size, or have a severe level of hearing loss, behind-the-ear models may be a better option for you.
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In-the-Ear hearing aids: FAQ

What are ITE hearing aids?

In-the-ear hearing aids are small, discreet hearing aids that sit snuggly in the outer ear bowl known as the concha. They are custom fit to the form of the user's ear and house the microphone, amplifier and speaker in a large shell. 

Are in-the-ear hearing aids any good?

ITE hearing aids are a great choice for users who value both comfort and a high-quality sound experience. Since in-the-ear hearing aids are created using a mold of the user's ear, they fit comfortably in the ear, are small enough to go mostly unnoticed and are big enough to house features like rechargeable batteries, bluetooth capabilities and a clear sound experience.

What are the pros and cons of in-the-ear hearing aids?

Slightly bigger than in-the-canal styles, the larger shell of ITE hearing aids makes room for a bigger battery and powerful features. With all essential elements directly inside the outer ear, you don't have to worry about a bulky, external device getting in your way. They are also custom-fit to the user's ear, making them very comfortable. However, there can be downsides to this type of style. Since the microphone and receiver are in close quarters, if the device isn't properly fitted or gets knocked out of place, it can lead to an unpleasant, high-pitched noise called feedback. Since they are positioned directly in the ear, there is also a higher chance of earwax buildup. This makes maintenance and cleaning essential if you choose to go with an in-the-ear hearing aid.

What is the difference between ITE and ITC hearing aids?

While in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit into the entire outer bowl of the ear, also known as the concha, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids have a slightly smaller design, fitting into the lower portion of the outer ear. Due to their size and positioning, ITC hearing aids are less noticeable than ITE hearing aids.

What is the difference between ITE and BTE hearing aids?

While in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit into the entire outer bowl of the ear, also known as the concha, all components of the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids can be found in a shell placed behind the user’s ear. Because of their size, BTE hearing aids tend to be more powerful and have a longer battery life. ITE hearing aids, on the other hand, can be custom made to fit your ear and have a more discreet, smaller design.

Who makes the best in-the-ear hearing aids?

Signia's Insio hearing aids are leading the way when it comes to powerful ITE hearing aid designs. With a tailor-made custom fit, bluetooth capabilities and Signia's Augmented Xperience platform, user's benefit from a comfortable, small design that delivers a clear, quality sound even in the noisiest of environments.

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