ITE Hearing Aids
ITE hearing aids or In-the-Ear hearing aids are custom made.
The ITE style fills most of the outer part or bowl of your ear. Some of my patients avoid getting this type of aid because it is larger and more noticeable.
Yes, it is larger than most other styles. However, the larger size can be a benefit as well. It is easier to handle and insert in your ear. The battery is larger as well. This is important if you have dexterity problems.
The faceplate (visible part of aid) of the ITE hearing aid is larger. The manufacturer can add more options that can improve your hearing.
Some options that can be added are a volume control, directional microphones, and memory button.
Obviously, the volume control allows the user to adjust the volume of the aid.
Directional microphones can help you hear much better is background noise. Most hearing instruments today come equipped with a computer chip.The computer chip can recognize when you are in an environment with background noise and adjust the microphones so that you hear the person beside you or across a table from you. So in other words, the microphones primarily amplifies sounds in a semi-circle in front of you. You will still hear sounds behind you but will not over power the sounds within that semi-circle.
A memory button is a small button on the aid to adjust to different listening environments. It is sometimes called a program button because it can be programmed to several listening environments. Hearing aids can have up to five different memories or programs.
Program memories can include settings for an automatic mode, background noise, television, telephone, telecoil, music, church, distance/theater, outdoors, and privacy.
The automatic mode can adjust to background noise and quiet environments without pushing the memory button. The telecoil setting is used for hearing on the telephone that is hearing aid compatible. The hearing aid compatible telephone emits a magnetic signal that is picked up by the hearing instrument when in telecoil mode.
I generally program hearing instruments to include an automatic setting, background noise, either a television or church setting, and a telephone memory.
Other styles of hearing aids include Behind-the-Ear (BTE), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC), and Invisible-in-Canal (IIC).
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