This type of hearing aid is custom-built to the size and shape of your ear, making it barely visible to those around you. As the name suggests, the devices sit directly in the ear. In-the-ear hearing aids can be built using similar technology as behind-the-ear, so share similar features such as automatic volume and settings adjustments to suit your surroundings.
There are 3 different types of in-the-ear hearing aids, classified by their size and how they sit in the ear. Some people prefer a smaller design, for others easy handling is a priority, meaning a larger size may be more suitable. All in-the-ear hearing aids are discreet and comfortable though, so much so that many people don’t even realise they’re wearing them.
Completely in canal (CIC)
Completely in canal (CIC) hearing aids fit entirely inside the ear canal and use small components so they don’t protrude into the outer ear.
In the canal (ITC)
In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids occupy a small portion of the ear and are discreet, but slightly larger than completely-in-the-canal devices.
In the ear (ITE)
In-the-ear (ITE) devices sit in the outer ear, rather than the canal, and their larger size makes them easier to handle than other smaller hearing aids.