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In The Ear (ITE) (Full Shell) Hearing Aids

In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids

In The Ear Hearing Aids ITE

Also sometimes referred to as Full Shell hearing aids or Custom hearing aids, In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to fit snugly into the entire concha or bowl or your ear, with the entire workings of the hearing aid fitting inside its single casing.

They are custom made to a mould of your ear and so are normally very comfortable to wear, and their larger size allows for the incorporation of more helpful technological features.

Also sometimes referred to as Full Shell hearing aids or Custom hearing aids, In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to fit snugly into the entire concha or bowl or your ear, with the entire workings of the hearing aid fitting inside its single casing. They are custom made to a mould of your ear and so are normally very comfortable to wear, and their larger size allows for the incorporation of more helpful technological features.

There has been a slight decline in the popularity of In The Ear (ITE) hearing aids over recent years, however we think that they can still be a great choice for people who need higher levels of processing and amplification power, or who have dexterity issues or visual impairments. This is because they are easy to fit and many of their functions and controls can be situated on the aid itself.

In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids have numerous different advantages and disadvantages. Our information below details some of the most common of these, however for more details please contact our expert team today and we’ll happily talk you through all of your options and book your free hearing test too.

Advantages of In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell Hearing Aids

Powerful

As In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are larger than some other types of in the ear hearing aids they are able to include larger and more powerful amplifiers and processors and also in some models additional directional microphones. This means that they are suitable for users with more severe levels of hearing loss.

Comfortable To Wear

Because In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are manufactured specifically for you from a custom mould of your ear they are extremely comfortable to wear.

Simple Controls Make Them Easy To Use

Due to their larger size In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids can have more of their controls situated on the actual casing itself. This means that many people find them much easier to use and control than smaller aids or those which come with external controllers or smartphone apps. This means that they are especially suited to users with dexterity issues or visual impairments, and it also means that changing the battery is easier too.

You Can Use The Telephone Normally

Compared to BTE or RIC hearing aids where you have to hold a telephone slightly above or to the back of your ear, with In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids you can use the telephone just as you always have. This can be a real bonus for people for whom old habits die hard!

Easy To Insert and Remove

Because of their larger size and the fact that they fit simply inside your ear, In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are very easy to insert and remove. Many people find that the smaller styles of in the ear hearing aids (such as In The Canal (ITC) hearing aids, Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids and Invisible In the Canal (IIC) hearing aids) are too small and fiddly and the two piece design of Behind The Ear (BTE) and Open / Receiver In Canal (RIC) hearing aids can make them difficult to position correctly. However because In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are custom made to a mould of your ear it is simple to ensure that they are positioned perfectly. This again makes In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids especially suitable for users with dexterity issues or visual impairments.

Simple To Clean and Maintain

With no small and fiddly components In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are often much easier to clean and maintain than some of the smaller styles of hearing aids. Many users also find that accessing the battery compartment and changing the battery is much easier with In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids than with some other styles.

Disadvantages of In The Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

More Visible and Conspicuous

Even though In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are often available in a range of colours to match with your skin tone, they are still one of the larger and more conspicuous styles of hearing aids. However many users find that their ease of use more than makes up for someone being able to tell that they are wearing a hearing aid!

Can Only Take The Smaller Battery Sizes

Even considering that In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are one of the larger hearing aid styles available, you still have to remember that they are still small enough to fit inside your ear. This means that generally they are only able to take the smaller battery sizes and so may struggle to provide enough power to suit those with more severe levels of hearing loss, or if they do then the battery life may be much more limited. If higher levels of power are an important feature for you then it may be worth considering a Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aid.

Can Be Affected By Wind Noise

Due to the position of In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids outside of the ear canal itself, it means that they can be vulnerable to picking up wind noise. This can make it more difficult to hear properly when you are outside in windy conditions as the wind noise can be amplified more than the sounds that you actually want to hear. However hearing aid technology has advanced to the point where many In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids are able to detect, isolate and reduce the sound of wind noise.

Expensive

Because they are made from a custom mould of your ear, In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids can be more expensive that other styles of hearing aids that consist of standard parts. However if you buy your In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aid from HearingAid.org.uk then you will pay the same price for your hearing aid regardless of the style you choose.

Can Cause Occlusion

Occlusion is the result of your ear being completely filled by a hearing aid or other foreign body. It can cause symptoms such as; chewing food and swallowing sounding noisy and annoying, hearing your own voice louder than it should be, your voice having a hollow sound to it or the unpleasant feeling that your ear is blocked. As In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids completely cover your ear canal, occlusion can be a side effect of wearing this type of hearing aid. However many In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids actually feature clever little vents which are often able to alleviate occlusion all together.

To find out more about In The Ear (ITE) / Full Shell hearing aids, or any of the other types of hearing aids that are available, contact our advisors and let us help you find the right hearing aid today.

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