Are in-the-ear hearing aids right for me?
An in-the-ear hearing aid sits comfortably in the outer part of your ear, before the ear canal meets the eardrum. This style of hearing aid gathers sound from your surroundings, amplifies it and funnels it inwards. The sound waves can then travel down the ear canal to the eardrum and the middle ear.
For optimum comfort and efficiency, an in-the-ear hearing aid is custom moulded to the contours of your ear. Don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt and it won’t take long- around 10 minutes normally. Given that it sits snuggle within the ear canal, an in-the-ear hearing aid is a good choice for anyone who regularly wears glasses or other headgear. It is easier to combine the two than with a traditional behind-the-ear hearing aid.
Part of the reason why in-the-ear hearing aids are able to look so subtle is the variety of colours available. We’re certain that you’ll be able to find a close match to your skin tone or hair colour. Alternatively, you could choose something bold and bright if you want your hearing aid to be more visible.
Depending on which type you choose, in-the-ear hearing aids can be suitable for anyone who experiences mild, moderate or severe hearing loss. The main three models of in-the-ear hearing aids are:
- Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
- In-the-canal (ITC)
One of the smallest forms of hearing aid currently available, an invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid sits so far down the ear canal that it cannot be seen from the outside. Only a tiny and transparent piece of plastic is left sticking out, allowing you to remove the hearing aid with greater ease.
As a result of its small size and location within the ear, an invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid does not have any buttons or dials. This means that you can’t manually adjust the volume. Instead, the hearing aid naturally adjusts to your surrounding environment. It increases the volume when you’re in a noisy setting and lowers it when you move to a quieter area.
Invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids work best for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Their small size means that they lack the necessary power to be of much help to anyone experiencing severe or profound hearing loss. If you have a narrower ear canal, this type of in-the-ear hearing aid may not be suitable.
Slightly larger than the invisible-in-the-canal option, this type of in-the-ear hearing aid is still one of the most discreet options available. Once again, you have the chance to choose a colour that closely matches your skin tone.
Given that it is a larger size, there is room on the completely-in-the-canal for a button. You can use this to manually adjust the volume of the sound you’re hearing. There is also space for a more powerful battery, meaning that it can be used by those with severe hearing loss.
Up another level in size, an in-the-canal hearing aid is large enough to house an impressive battery and a wheel. This wheel allows you to easily alter the volume to whatever is most comfortable for you. If you struggle with your dexterity, this may be the most suitable in-the-ear hearing aid for you.
In addition, this style of hearing aid boasts greater wireless and telecoil capabilities. A telecoil is simply a small coil which taps into any electromagnetic signals in your environment. Such signals are created by induction loops. Induction loops can be found in many public areas, including concert spaces and key public services. When the telecoil in your in-the-canal hearing aid connects to the induction loop, the sound is transmitted directly into your ear, reducing the interference of background noise.
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