Because they are the most discreet style available, people don't notice in-the-ear hearing aids. With the right fit, you can ignore them, too.

Pick a model below for a 360-view of completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.

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    invisible-in-the-canal-haThe invisible in canal hearing aids are the smallest hearing aids available. They offer the ultimate discretion because they are custom-made to fit inside your ear canal. This makes them almost, if not completely, invisible. Tiny cords are fit to this type of hearing aid so you can remove them easily.

    There is no need to adjust the settings on these hearing aids throughout the day as they adapt automatically to the sound environment. Due to their small size, they do not have directional microphones (which are used in other hearing aid styles to enhance some sounds and simultaneously reduce background noise.)

    While this style is popular with people who prefer a more discreet type of hearing aid, the small size means that those with limited dexterity may find these types of hearing aids slightly more difficult to adjust and remove.

    Due to the positioning of this hearing aid type, they can be susceptible to earwax and moisture build-up, so it is important to ensure that there is adequate ventilation when they are used. However, their small size means that these types of hearing aids are better for minimizing wind noise.

    The IIC hearing aid type is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.


    Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on IIC hearing aids.

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    cic-bc-380x380This completely-in-the-canal hearing aid was the smallest hearing aid available prior to the introduction of the invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid.

    These hearing aid styles are custom-fitted discreetly inside the ear canal. Most CIC hearing aid types are invisible to people you encounter throughout the day. The slightly larger size can accommodate an optional button that allows you to control the settings manually, based on your environment. The only thing visible to the eye is normally the battery drawer and face plate.

    Due to the positioning of this hearing aid type, they can also be vulnerable to earwax buildup and moisture, so it is important to ensure that there is adequate ventilation.

    Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on CIC hearing aid types.

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    itc-na-380x380In-the-canal hearing aids are slightly larger than completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.

    They fit the lower third of your external ear and are custom made to your ear. This hearing aid type has a slightly longer battery life than other in-the-ear styles and features a directional microphone and wireless streaming. Having a directional microphone is an advantage as it enhances sounds that you need to hear (like speech), while simultaneously diminishing background noise.

    While ITC hearing aids are still very discreet, if you are looking for almost complete discretion, it is advised that you look at the completely-in-the-canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid types. These types of hearing aids offer complete discretion but do not deal with noisy environments as well as larger styles of hearing aids.

    ITC hearing aids are easy to insert and remove and are a great choice for those who would like the option of push button controls.

    Speak with your hearing care professional for more guidance on in-the-canal hearing aid types.

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  • ite-hs-pt-380x380The in-the-ear half shell hearing aid type is designed to fit half of your external ear. The shell of the hearing aid is custom-made to fit the shape of your ear. Depending on the size of your ear, these hearing aid types can be relatively discreet.

    Half shell hearing aids have a longer battery life than in-the-canal hearing aids because they are slightly larger. They are suitable for anyone with profound hearing loss and are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle hearing aid. 

    Due to their slightly larger size, ITE half shell hearing aids can have more features when compared to in-the- canal, completely-in-the canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids.

    Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on in-the-ear half shell hearing aid types.

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  • ite-fs-rc-380x380In-the-ear full shell hearing aids are designed to fit all of your external ear. These types of hearing aids are the largest of the custom hearing aids. The shell of the hearing aid is made to custom fit the shape of your ear. Depending on the size of your ear, these hearing aid types can still be relatively discreet.

    In-the-ear full shell hearing aids have a longer battery life than in-the-canal hearing aids because they are slightly larger. They are suitable for anyone with profound hearing loss and are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle hearing aid. 

    Due to their slightly larger size, ITE full shell hearing aids can have more features than the in-the-canal, completely-in-the canal and invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids. 

    Speak with your hearing care professional for further guidance on full shell hearing aid types.

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Experience nearly invisible, in-the-ear hearing aids

  • If you value discretion, in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) are a great option for you. Some first-time users prefer them as an easy introduction to hearing aids because they sit safely out of the way of glasses – and won’t fly off when you remove your sweater. They come in two styles:
  • Also known as (ITC hearing aids). These small devices sit inside your ear canal, so they are very difficult to notice. They include completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids – which are even harder to see – and invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids, which are completely hidden. You use a long "pin" to pull them out. Once, CIC models were limited to people with milder forms of hearing loss and larger ear canals, but recent technological advances have made them available to many more people.

     Also known as in-the-ear (ITE). These larger hearing aids sit in the visible part of the ear and fill either half of all of your ear’s conchal bowl. They give a very secure fit and are popular with very active people. They can treat mild to profound hearing loss.

Our hearing care professionals can provide you intelligent insights and guidance, so you can make an informed decision.



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