In-the-ear hearing aids (ITEs) include all hearing aids that are worn entirely in the ear (rather than behind it), including in-the-canal (ITC) and invisible in the canal or “invisible” hearing aids.
In the ear hearing aids can also mean the larger one-piece hearing devices pictured here. These aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and house all components in this single, custom-fitted piece.
|Disadvantages of ITE hearing aid||Advantages of ITE hearing aid|
|Somewhat conspicuous||Easy to handle and insert|
|Can create “plugged up” feeling||Convenient controls|
|More susceptible to moisture problems than behind-the-ear aids||Able to fit larger (and longer lasting) battery than smaller styles|