In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are custom-molded and fit perfectly in the canal to improve mild-to-moderate hearing loss in adults. If you are experiencing hearing loss, your hearing instrument specialist (HIS) might have recommended in-the-canal hearing aids to help improve your hearing. They will guide you in selecting the most suitable type for you depending on:

  • The severity of your hearing loss
  • The features you want
  • Your budget

The in-the-canal hearing devices will likely be recommended to you by your HIS, and you might wonder why they are best for you. If you have never utilized a hearing aid before, here are some of the reasons why ITC might be best for you

They Fit Perfectly

These hearing aids are well designed to fit the lower portion of the outer ear, and they have a larger surface area than the invisible-in-canal and completely-in-canal hearing aids. This is good because ITCs will less likely fall off or come loose while doing various activities like running, chewing and even talking. Moreover, the large surface area also helps minimize feedback, a whistling sound that you may experience when the receiver and microphone are closely together.

If the two are close, the microphone takes up sounds from the receiver creating a loop of a very destructive noise.

ITC Hearing Aids Are Powerful

Even though they are smaller than the behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing aids, they are more powerful than they might seem. They will come in handy if you have mild to moderate hearing loss. Additionally, they have good sound clarity since they have dual microphones. Due to this feature, your ITC hearing aid can pick high-pitched sounds and improve your abilities to comprehend the different speech tones.

They Might Come with an Array of Convenient Features

ITC hearing aids might come with telecoil and wireless features meaning that your aid can link with various gadgets like mobile phones. They can efficiently do this by picking the electromagnetic vibrations from your phone rather than getting sounds from the receiver. You will experience more clarity when using a phone. However, not all mobile phones can give a signal strong enough to the telecoil.

Another suitable function for you is the optional extraction cord which helps make your ITC hearing aid easy to fit and remove, especially if you do not have excellent manual dexterity.

They Are More Discreet

If you are shy about wearing hearing aids, ITCs are ideal since they are less visible than other hearing aids. Unlike other hearing aids that cover almost your entire outer ear, in-the-canal hearing aids are put in the ear canal, hence minimal visibility from the outside. This does not mean that ITCs are entirely invisible; they are just hard to detect.

Generally, ITC hearing aids are a perfect choice to improve your hearing abilities. If you experience problems with your ITCs or any questions on why they are great for you, it will be best to seek advice from your HIS.