They are discreet, smaller devices suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Pros and Cons of ITC Hearing Aids

by | Aug 22, 2018 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Technology

When your audiologist advises you to consider wearing hearing aids, they may mention a number of different types to you. It’s beneficial to explore a range of options and to ensure you understand what kinds of benefits each kind offers before you make a decision. There are several different options out there for people who would benefit from using hearing aids.

One type of hearing aid available is the in-the-canal, or ITC, device. ITC hearing aids sit, as the name implies, inside of the ear canal. They are discreet, smaller devices suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

If your audiologist has advised you to consider wearing hearing aids following a hearing assessment, it’s beneficial to look at the pros and cons of each type and to work out which kind would be best suited to you. If you’re unsure, don’t forget that your audiologist is there to help.

Pros of ITC hearing aids

ITC hearing aids sit inside the ear canal, and they are a popular choice for those looking for a discreet means of improving their hearing. Benefits of ITC hearing aids include:

Visibility: ITC hearing aids are designed to nestle within the ear canal, and this means that they are incredibly discreet. Many people are reluctant to wear hearing aids because they don’t want other people to see them. If this scenario sounds familiar, an ITC hearing aid could represent an appealing option. With this kind of hearing aid, you can reap the rewards of improved hearing without any worries about other people being able to spot your hearing aid.

Easy to use with a phone: Many of us like to chat on the phone or engage in telephone conversations at work. ITC hearing aids are easy to use with telephones due to their location and size, and many modern devices are compatible with smartphones.

Size: ITC hearing aids are among the smallest models on the market. Individuals with dexterity issues may struggle to handle these.

Cons of ITC hearing aids

Versatility: ITC hearing aids are not suitable for all patients, including those who have more severe hearing loss. In some cases, these hearing aids are not powerful enough to produce optimum results, and they may not be a viable option for those prone to recurrent ear infections.

Harder to clean: The size of the hearing aid means that it’s more difficult to clean and look after an ITC hearing aid. It’s also slightly trickier to remove the hearing aid than a BTE (behind-the-ear) or an ITE (in-the-ear) hearing aid. As ITC hearing aids are smaller, it may also be more difficult to change the batteries, and the risk of dropping and damaging the hearing aid may be higher.

If you’re searching for a hearing aid that will suit you, don’t hesitate to find out more about the options out there and ask your audiologist for recommendations. They will be able to give you advice based on your level of hearing loss, your treatment expectations, and your personal preferences. Everybody is unique, and some people are looking for different features, perks, and benefits to others.

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Tina Evans HIS, COHC

Tina has had the privilege of being part of this amazing hearing healthcare practice for over 15 years. She became a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) as well as a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC) in 2014. When she first joined Audiological Services, it was only the audiologist and herself; now, along with the rest of the team, have served the community well and grown the practice for over 25 years. Her mission is to provide professional, quality hearing healthcare while increasing public awareness regarding the early identification, treatment, and rehabilitation options for hearing loss. Her vision as the premier hearing healthcare center in East Texas where staff members genuinely welcome all who enter the door, work together to provide unsurpassed quality of care and effectively improve quality of life for her patients. Her values are honest, ethical professionalism, personalized care, integrity, reliable service with the most advanced technology, innovative hearing solutions with guaranteed satisfaction, and a warm friendly atmosphere. In her time away from work, Tina enjoys being involved in her church, and traveling with her husband, family, or friends in her RV. Tina’s handsome grandson is her pride and joy.