Are ITE Hearing Aids Right for You?
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When you choose new hearing aids, you have several options, including an in-the-ear (ITE) style. ITE hearing aids sit entirely inside the ear and appeal to many because they offer a more discreet appearance. However, it's important to know whether they are the right style for you and your specific needs.
The first thing you will need to think about is your level of hearing loss. ITE hearing aids are suitable for most people and can even be fitted for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The increased surface area of standard ITE hearing aids can help to reduce feedback and dual microphones can help to increase understanding of speech in noisy environments.
Size and appearance
Many people want to consider ITE hearing aids because they are more discreet than other larger styles. Because they fit inside the ear, they have a lower profile and they're not as obvious. While they're still fairly visible, they are custom made to fit into the ear. They come in flesh tones and are available in full and half shell models. Because ITE hearing aids are typically larger than the in-the-canal variety, they offer more benefits to individuals with dexterity issues because they’re easier to handle.
The size of your ITE hearing aid is also important to keep in mind when it comes to features. If your hearing aid requires more power for a higher level of hearing loss, it will need a larger battery, which will make the system bigger. Some smaller hearing aids don't have the space for the features you might be looking for, although hearing aids are getting smaller and more powerful all the time. ITE hearing aids are ideal if you require multiple features, whether you’re looking for Bluetooth capabilities or want something like background noise reduction. Your hearing care provider will discuss the results of your hearing test with you and make recommendations on not only the best hearing aid for you, but also which features you can benefit most from. If you have any question about which features are right for you, research different offerings and then talk to your hearing care professional about your concerns.
Talk to your hearing care specialist about whether ITE hearing aids are right for you. They could be ideal for your needs, but other options are available too.