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Pros and Cons of ITE Hearing Aids

Doctor with Selection of Hearing Aids

There are many different types of hearing aids your audiologist might recommend if you go to see them for an assessment. The audiologist will determine the nature of your hearing loss and the severity of the issue. They will then let you know which types of hearing aids are more suitable for your condition. In case the audiologist recommends in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons about this type of device.

The pros of in-the-ear hearing aids

ITE hearing aids are ideal for people with mild-to-severe hearing loss. These devices sit in the outer ear bowl, which allows them to be smaller than behind-the-ear styles, but still slightly larger and easier to handle than in-the-canal hearing aids. They can be made in skin-tone shades, making them discreet. The features of these devices can include directional microphones, feedback reduction and Bluetooth connectivity, which helps to ensure you get enough volume when spending time in noisy environments. ITE hearing aids provide a level of sound clarity unmatched elsewhere, and that is why they have become the number one choice for people who use hearing aids for the first time.

The cons of in-the-ear hearing aids

Unfortunately, just as there are lots of benefits; there are also a few drawbacks. If you forget to clean your in-the-ear hearing aids on a daily basis, you increase your risk of getting an earwax impaction or infection. Additionally, in-the-ear hearing aids also require more maintenance and repairs than some of their counterparts. That means you might end up spending more than is necessary in the long run.

Take the time to research some of the other devices available on the market today, and you are sure to make the right choice. Audiologists can usually deal with the fitting process, and so you shouldn’t encounter any issues when it comes to using the device you choose.

The basic rule of thumb you need to remember is that you should always seek the advice of your audiologist when selecting a new device. Audiologists deal with hearing loss patients every single day and they have a lot of experience when it comes to choosing the right devices. So, feel free to ask your audiologist to point you in the right direction if you’re still unsure as to which hearing aids are going to work best for you. Hopefully, you will weigh all the pros and cons and come to the right conclusion together.


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