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What are the Benefits of ITC Hearing Aids?
If you are living with hearing loss, then a hearing aid is one of the most suitable and effective options to help get your hearing back up to standard. Your audiologist can help guide you through the market of devices available to you. Depending on your budget, the severity of your hearing loss, the features you want, and other circumstances, they can help guide you to the option best suited to you. In-the-canal (ITC) devices are one option that could be recommended, so let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages specific to this type.
Designed to fit perfectly
ITC devices are designed to fit in the lower portion of the outer ear and have a larger surface area that completely-in-canal and invisible-in-canal devices. This means that they are less likely to come loose while you’re moving, talking and chewing. The increased surface area also means that the devices are less prone to feedback. Feedback is a whistling noise that can occur when the microphone and receiver are too close together. The microphone picks up the noise from the receiver, leading to a loop of noise that can be highly distracting. ITC hearing aids are much less prone to feedback than smaller devices.
Powerful for their size
Although they are smaller than behind-the-ear and in-the-ear devices, ITC hearing aids are more powerful than you might assume at first glance. This means they are suitable for users who have hearing loss ranging from mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
Improved clarity of sound
A common feature in ITC hearing aids is dual microphones. This feature improves the clarity of sound, allowing the device to pick up higher pitched sounds as well as improving the user’s ability to understand the varying tones of speech.
Can come with a range of convenient features
ITC hearing aids also often come with wireless and telecoil features. This means that the device can connect with devices like mobile phones, allowing it to pick up the electromagnetic signal from the phone instead of the sound from the receiver. As a result, you can hear the phone much more clearly. Not all phones provide a strong enough signal to picked up by the telecoil, however. Another convenient function is the optional extraction cord, which can make the device much easier to remove and fit for those who don’t have the best manual dexterity.
More discreet than the most common types
ITC devices are a variety of discrete hearing aid. This means they are easier to disguise for those who might be self-conscious about having a visible hearing aid.
ITC devices might be the perfect option for your specific needs. However, if you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to ask your audiologist about them. The decision on which device you buy is yours, but they are there to help you make the most informed decision possible.