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In-the-Ear (ITE)

Custom hearing aids that fit within the ear rather than behind it and are virtually invisible.

This hearing aid is placed like an earplug in the ear canal. Once inside, it is virtually invisible to the naked eye. Some devices have an antenna-shaped tab to pull them out. In-the-ear hearing aids are available in different designs, which differ in size, performance and fit. To ensure optimal comfort, the hearing care professional takes a print of your ear canal to customize the shell.
 
Description
In-the-ear hearing aids belong to the closed supply, ie the auditory canal is largely or completely closed. Volume control and program selection can be done via a remote control. To ensure that the devices fit perfectly, they are individually adapted to the ear. 
Pros
  • Very discreet and hardly recognizable from the outside
  • Suitable for spectacle wearers
  • More comfortable during sports 
  • Use the properties of the auricle and thus enable a natural sound
Cons
  • Only suitable for mild or moderate hearing loss
  • Possible use depends on the shape and size of the ear canal 
  • More vulnerable to moisture
  • For smaller models, there is no wireless feature

What are in-the-ear (ITE) models?

ITE Models are a discreet option that sit inside the ear itself.  The device's electronics are encased inside an acrylic shell that is inserted into the ear like an earplug, sending sound directly into the ear canal. Some ITE devices have an antenna-like plastic tab for easy removal.

In-the-ear hearing aids are self-contained units. Volume can be adjusted and programs can be selected by remote control. Many models can be connected wirelessly to mobile phones and TVs.  

The following types of in-the-ear hearing aids are available:

In-the-ear (ITE)
The housing of this hearing aid completely fills the concha. The advantages include a longer battery life, the availability of a power version for severe hearing loss, and improved operation.

In-the-canal (ITC)
This is a small and discreet custom model. The hearing aid housing sits in the ear canal, thus only filling half of the concha.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
The smallest custom model, the CIC offers the ultimate in discretion as it is virtually invisible from the outside. These devices typically have a nylon strand to facilitate removal from the ear.
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