In Ear Hearing Aids

This page covers everything you need to know about in ear hearing aids. Clinic Compare has compiled a complete guide to assessing if an in ear hearing aid is right for you, which manufacturers make them and how much they are.

We also look into the top in ear hearing aids as well as technical details such as their lifespan and how often the batteries need replacing.

What are in ear hearing aids?

In ear hearing aids are classified into three groups: in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC) and completely in-the-canal (CIC).

An ITE hearing aid is suitable for mild to some severe hearing loss. They do not have a case behind the ear but an earpiece that fits the bowl of the ear. They are often referred to as “full shell” hearing aids. As they do not have the case or wire, they are far less obvious, and only visible if you are to look into the ear.

An ITC hearing aid is suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. Like the ITE, they do not have a case behind the ear, or a wire. The earpiece is smaller than the ITE and only takes up half the bowl of the ear. They are not obvious apart from the small earpiece if looking directly into the ear.

A CIC hearing aid is suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. These are extremely small hearing aids that fit completely in the ear canal and are not visible unless you were to look directly into the ear.

To find out more about whether in ear hearing aids are right for you, you can visit our types of hearing aids page.


In ear hearing aids manufacturers

Several hearing aid manufacturers have developed in ear hearing aids, and your audiologist will advise you on the right brand and model for you. We have compiled a list of some of the top models:

  1. Oticon’s Alta2 Pro comes in ITC, CIC and invisible in-the-canal (IIC).

  2. Phonak has a range of ITE hearing aids called Virto V which are available in six models reflecting your degree of hearing loss.

  3. ReSound’s Enya 4 range includes a CIC option, but their best in ear range is reported to be the Linx2 9 which comes in CIC and IIC.

  4. Siemens offer the Intuis 2 which comes with an ITE option and is at the lower end of the price scale.

  5. Starkey’s Z Series hearing aids come in ITE, ITC and CIC in five different models, all varying in price and functionality.

  6. Widex Unique 110, 220, 330, and 440 range come in a CIC model and vary in price.

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    Top in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

    Clinic Compare has compiled a selection of the top three in-the-ear hearing aids on the market from a selection of customer reviews.

    ITE hearing aid model Manufacturer Pros
    Linx2 9 ReSound
    • Wireless and compatible with smartphones
    • Improved battery power
    • Easy to fit
    Z Series ITE Starkey
    • Wireless technology
    • Natural sound
    • Tinnitus masker
    • Waterproof
    Unique 440 Widex
    • Wireless technology
    • Adapts to different environments for clear sound
    • Tinnitus masker
    • Colour customization

    All three of these manufacturers have designed their ITE hearing aids with wireless technology. Resound’s Linx2 9 has also worked on improving battery power which can sometimes be an issue with smaller hearing aid types.


    Top in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

    Clinic Compare has compiled a selection of the top three in-the-canal hearing aids on the market from a selection of customer reviews.

    ITC hearing aid model Manufacturer Pros
    Alta2 Pro Oticon
    • Wireless technology
    • Natural sound
    • Tinnitus sound support
    • No whistling
    • Colour customization
    Virto Q90 312 Phonak
    • Binaural VoiceStream is new tech to get hearing aids to work together
    • Zooms in on the voice you are trying to hear and excludes other noises
    • Wireless
    • No whistling
    Linx2 9 ReSound
    • Wireless and compatible with smartphones
    • Improved battery power
    • Easy to fit
    • Tinnitus masker

    These three ITC hearing aids produce high quality 3-D like, natural sound and have high-tech features such as smartphone compatibility and wireless control.


    Top completely in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids

    Clinic Compare has compiled a selection of the top three completely in-the-canal hearing aids on the market from a selection of customer reviews.

    CIC hearing aid model Manufacturer Pros
    Virto Q90 10 Phonak
    • Binaural VoiceStream is new tech to get hearing aids to work together
    • Zooms in on the voice you are trying to hear and excludes other noises
    • Wireless
    • No whistling
    Alta2 Pro Oticon
    • Tinnitus sound support
    • Improves spatial awareness
    • Wind noise reduction
    • No whistling
    Linx2 9 ReSound
    • Wireless and compatible with smartphones
    • Improved battery power
    • Easy to fit

    Packing key features into small hearing aids types such as CICs can be difficult, but these three models seem to accomplish it.


    Can I get in ear hearing aids on the NHS?

    In ear hearing aids are not issued as standard on the NHS. Typically only behind the ear hearing aids are offered free on the NHS. You will need to visit a private retailer to discuss the in ear hearing aid models on offer. These will be financed yourself.

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