An In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing aid is a small, custom-fit hearing aid that is inserted into the ear canal. It is smaller than an In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid, but larger than a Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aid. ITC hearing aids are typically used to treat mild to moderate hearing loss.
What is an ITC Hearing Aid?
ITC hearing aids are typically more expensive than other types of hearing aids. They require a custom ear mold to be made, which can add to the cost. ITC hearing aids may not be suitable for people with very small ear canals.
What is an IIC or CIC Hearing Aid?
An IIC or CIC hearing aid is a type of ITC hearing aid that is even smaller. It is completely inserted into the ear canal, and only the smallest part of the hearing aid is visible outside of the ear. IIC hearing aids are typically used to treat mild to mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
How Does an In-The-Canal Hearing Aid Work?
An ITC hearing aid works by amplifying sound waves and delivering them to the eardrum. The hearing aid has a microphone that picks up sound waves, and an amplifier that increases the volume of the sound waves. The amplified sound waves are then delivered to the eardrum through a speaker.
What Are the Disadvantages of In-The-Canal Hearing Aids?
ITC hearing aids have a few disadvantages. They can be more difficult to insert and remove than larger hearing aids. They can also be more susceptible to moisture and earwax. Additionally, ITC hearing aids may not be as effective for people with severe hearing loss.
If you are considering an ITC hearing aid, it is important to talk to an audiologist to see if they are the right fit for you.