In-the-ear hearing aids
Are you looking for a hearing aid that you can wear in your ear? This type of hearing aid is completely invisible because the device sits right in your ear canal. The hearing aid is individually adapted to your ear canal.
If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, you can look for an in-the-ear hearing aid. In Germany, around 10% of hearing aid wearers choose it. Production and customization are done individually. To do this, an acoustician will make an impression of your ear.
You can choose from different skin colors. If you choose the skin color cleverly, the hearing aid can hardly be recognized. Basically, you can always assume that the larger the device, the more powerful it is.
In-the-ear hearing aids are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. There are three different types:
- Ear canal hearing aids: these hearing aids are barely visible and are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss
- CIC hearing aids: are placed very deep in the ear canal and are almost invisible - these are best suited for a minor hearing loss
- Concha hearing aids: are placed directly in the auricle and are the largest version of the group of in-the-ear hearing aids
Conchas (Greek shell) hearing aids - the largest version
This hearing aid is placed directly in the ear canal, which is visible. So that means in the auricle itself. It is the largest type of in-the-ear hearing aid on the market. That's why you enjoy advanced features such as:
- Push buttons for different programs to match the environment
- Volume control
- Directional microphones The operation is easier because of the size, the same applies to the maintenance.
Hearing aids for the ear canal (In the Canal - ITC)
Hearing aids for the ear canal are slightly smaller than the variant of the Conchas hearing aids listed above. Therefore, ear canal hearing aids are almost invisible. These are made very small and have a longer battery life. You can also enjoy advanced features such as:
- Different environment programs
- Volume control
If you have mild to moderate hearing loss, you can opt for this variant.
CIC hearing aids (Completely in the canal)
These types of in-the-ear hearing aids sit deep in your ear canal and are almost invisible. It's the smallest of them all. Therefore, very small batteries are also required. You have to change the small batteries quite often. If you have a minor hearing loss, this option is often best for you.
You can assume that in-the-ear hearing aids tend to be smaller than those behind the ear. A typical example are the CIC hearing aids, which are barely visible.
Requirements for in-the-ear hearing aids
In order for you to be able to choose an in-the-ear hearing aid, 3 requirements must be met:
- Because your ear canal is virtually clogged by the device, you have to learn to accept the muffled sound of your own voice that you create. There is talk of the so-called occlusion effect.
- The performance level of these minimally small devices is limited, so you can only select them for mild to moderate hearing loss
- Your ear canal must be large enough for the hearing aid to be placed in it