We offer a wide range of In-The-Canal (ITC) (as well as Completely-In-Canal (CIC)) style hearing aids. While ITC Hearing Aids also fit inside of the ear canal, they are slightly larger than CIC models.
Benefits of In the Canal Hearing Aids
- – ITC hearing aids are custom made for individual ear size and shape
- – They are small enough to fit almost entirely in your ear canal, making them hardly noticeable. No external parts that can be seen, making them very discreet
- – The quality of sound is very natural as it uses the acoustics of your own ear canal
- – The slightly larger face plate of ITC devices means that some models can have adjustable volume controls and microphones that can make them more precise and more convenient in different environments
How Are ITC Hearing Aids Fitted?
Since ITC hearing aids fit inside your ear canal, a customised fit is necessary for proper function.
The process involves a soft silicone material slowly inserted into the ear canal while you hold very still. The silicone slowly hardens, and is then removed, and the hearing aid is then made in the same shape and size. The process can feel a little strange, but it is not painful in any way.
How Do I Insert My ITC Hearing Aids?
First check that you’re putting your left hearing aid into your left ear, and vice versa. They are individually programmed and fitted. Gently press the tip of the hearing aid into your ear canal. Pull your ear lobe back to make space in your ear canal, and gently press the hearing aid into place.
How Do I Remove My ITC Hearing Aids?
Some models of ITC hearing aids have a small handle or strap that you can grab to help remove them from your ear. For models that do not, remove the hearing aid by taking the hard part of your ear lobe in your fingers and pushing it up. Move your jaw as if you were chewing at the same time. This will push the hearing aid out of your ear canal and make it easy to hold onto. For ITC hearing aids in particular, it’s a good idea to take them out for a little bit of time each day to clean any accumulated wax.
Can I Shower or Swim with My ITC Hearing Aids In?
Most modern hearing aids are water resistant, meaning that small amounts of water, like the moisture naturally in your ear, or a little bit of rain, shouldn’t hurt them. However, unless you have hearing aids specifically designed to be water proof, you should take them out when you shower or swim, and store them somewhere safe.
How do I get an ITC Hearing Aid from Hearing Loss Specialists?
In the Canal Hearing Aids are recommended for mild to moderate loss. An assessment is required by one of our hearing aid specialists to determine whether they are suitable for your type of hearing loss. Simply fill in the form below or call us on 9350 6311 to book a hearing test with us and we will talk you through your options.