If you are experiencing hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend that you use a hearing aid to improve your hearing. Not all hearing aids are made the same. There are many different styles and features to choose from. One of the most common hearing aid types is an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. Here we’re going to look at ITE hearing aids and their benefits. 

What Is an ITE Hearing Aid?

An ITE hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal and usually doesn’t require any part of the hearing aid to be worn behind or around the ear. They can differ in size and are custom-made for each person by taking an impression of the inside of the ear. 

To make them even more discreet, they can be color-matched to your skin tone. However, there are also now a range of ITE hearing aids in vibrant colors and patterns for those who want their hearing aids to stand out. 

An ITE hearing aid is suitable for most types of hearing loss. 

How Big Are ITE Hearing Aids?

While this particular style of hearing aid is made to be discreet, it can come in a range of sizes to suit the hearing needs and preferences of the person wearing them. Some of the larger ITE styles may be more suitable for people who have dexterity problems and find it difficult to handle particularly small items. It also makes them easier to clean. 

Why Has My Audiologist Recommended an ITE Hearing Aid?

As part of your hearing assessment, your audiologist will ask you questions about the types of noises you cannot hear well as well as questions about your lifestyle, work and hobbies. It is only after taking all of this into consideration that the audiologist will recommend the best type of hearing aid for your particular circumstances. If you aren’t sure, your audiologist will be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Looking After Your Hearing Aid

You must look after your hearing aid to ensure that you get the best out of it for many years. This involves ensuring that you treat them with care and store them in a safe place when you aren’t wearing them. There are several specialist storage boxes you can buy that remove moisture from the hearing aid as well. 

You also need to clean your hearing aid regularly, removing any build-up that might interfere with how well it works. 


Depending on the make and specification of the ITE hearing aid you choose, several features are available including:

  • Multiple microphones: To pick up sounds from multiple directions at once
  • Noise reduction: Suppress background noises 
  • Telecoil: To integrate with hearing loops on phone systems, shopping centers, banks and theaters.
  • Bluetooth: Connect directly to your smartphone and TV
  • Automatic settings
  • Tinnitus suppression 

The ITE hearing aid is a great choice for many people who have mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss. They are discreet and contain many great features to improve your hearing.