What is an In The Canal Hearing Aid?
In the canal hearing aids are custom made to fit your ear shape and sit in the lower part of the entrance to the ear canal.
How do In The Canal Hearing Aids?
Sound waves are picked up by the microphone on the exposed part of the ITC hearing aids and converted into electrical signals. A microchip processes the signals and sends them to an amplifier, which amplifies their power and transmits them to a loudspeaker allowing you to hear the sound.
Things to consider
- Although they are slightly larger than Completely In Canal hearing aids, ITC’s can handle poorer hearing losses, by being more powerful. They can also benefit from dual microphones* allowing for better localisation
- Bluetooth – Most ITC’s are also available with Bluetooth capabilities so you can stream audio from your phone directly into your hearing aids*
- Size – The size of the aid is very much determined by the shape and size of the patient’s ear as well as the nature of their hearing loss
- Comfort – In The Ear hearing aids are custom fit to your ear so they are a very comfortable choice!
- Discretion – as no part of the aid is over the ear and they can come in many different colours, it is possible to wear hearing aids without looking like hearing aids!
- Amplification – You will not get the same level of amplification as you would with Receiver In The Ear or BTE hearing aids, so for more severe losses these aids aren’t usually recommended
- Batteries – ITCs come with a battery that needs changing manually. If being able to recharge your hearing aid is important, then the slightly larger In The Ear (ITE) model may need to be considered
- Wind noise – ITE models are less likely to pick up wind noise, as they sit inside the ear and are not as exposed as hearing aids outside the ear
Your Audiologist will be able to help you decide what style of hearing aid is best suited to your hearing loss and needs.
* dependent on the size of the ear canal