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In Ear Hearing Aids

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IN THE EAR (ITE) HEARING AIDS

Custom Made Digital Hearingaids

An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is a type of hearing device designed to fit partially or completely within the ear canal and outer ear. These hearing aids are custom-made to suit the individual’s ear shape and size, ensuring a comfortable and discreet fit. They are particularly beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. There are different types of in-ear hearing aids, and they can vary in size and features.

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In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)
In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)
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In-The-Canal Hearing Aids (ITC)
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Completely-In-Canal Hearing Aids (CIC)
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Invisible-In-Canal Hearing Aids (IIC)
TYPES OF HEARING AID

In Ear and Invisible hearing aids

The smallest hearing aids available are "In Ear" and "Invisible". The 4 main types are; 

  • In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)

  • In-The-Canal Hearing Aids (ITC)

  • Completely-In-Canal Hearing Aids (CIC)

  • Invisible-In-Canal Hearing Aids (IIC)

 

Here you can discover the various functionalities and size of these hearing aids. If you need help or more information why not book an appointment with our audiologist for impartial unbiased advice.

In-The-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)

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Larger size

These are the largest custom hearing aids as they fill the bowl of the ear making them more visible than other custom aids.

Suitable for severe hearing loss

The larger size makes them more suitable for severe hearing losses.

Various features and functionalities

ITEs have functions such as volume control, directional microphones, noise reduction, and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing them to connect wirelessly to other devices like smartphones or TVs.

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Don't know which hearing aid is right for you? Talk to us

It is important to note that the suitability of an in-the-ear hearing aid depends on the individual’s hearing loss, ear anatomy, and lifestyle preferences. Before getting a hearing aid, it is  crucial to undergo a thorough hearing assessment by an audiologist who can help determine the most appropriate hearing aid style for your specific needs.

THE PROS AND CONS

Compare In Ear aids and Invisible aids

In Ear Hearing Aids (ITE) (ITC) (CIC)

ITE or In ear hearing aids cope better than ITC aids with background noise. The larger size means it is less likely to whistle.

ITE aids are more mangeable for people with limited dexterity.

ITE aids are suitable for all types of hearing loss, including sever or profound.

ITE aids are bigger, so not as disceet. The way it sits in your ear means it does not transfer sound naturally, and you may feel a "blocked" sensation.

With ITE aids you may require new impressions over time due to the natural change in shape of the ears.

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Invisible Hearing Aids (IIC)

IIC aids have a very small size and are invisible for most ear shapes.

The microphone rests inside the ear and therefore replicates how your ear responds to sound around you.

There is less risk of whistling or feedback when using the phone.

It's small size makes it unsuitable for severe hearing loss, and the smallest don't offer a loop system option.

IIC aids are too small for some people to handle, and the microphone can get blocked with earwax. 

The ear canal needs to be wide enough to fit the hearing aid and all the electronics.

Nothing but the best for our patients

Our hearing aids are packed with cutting-edge technology. Powered by advanced algorithms and signal processing, these miniature marvels can distinguish speech from background noise, providing crystal-clear sound even in challenging environments. 

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Highly  Trained & Qualified

The professionals at Pinnaclear have 20 years experience with a BSc. Audiology from Aston University and qualifications from University College London.

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Flexible Appointments

We We understand that you might not always be able to make it to clinic, so offer home visits to those less mobile.

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Comprehensive Care

At Pinnaclear you'll receive excellent treatment and recommendations  that are right for you.  We're independent so we have the time to tailor your ear care to your needs.

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Latest Technology

Oue helath professionals have a passion for ear health and keeping up with the latest in hearing aid technology.

Meet the audiologist

Unlike larger chains, we focus solely on your unique needs, ensuring unbiased recommendations and tailored solutions that truly suit you.

20 Years of

clinical experience

Licensed and certified with First Class BSc (Hons) in Audiology

Trained in microsuction earwax removal & behavioural therapy for tinnitus 

Experience working within the NHS and private sector

Rated Excellent

Very professional service, I had a lot of ear wax and also a funny sensation in one ear which Hafiza took the time to explain and show me what was going on. Professionally cleaned, my ears and I are very happy 🙂

Raneesha Manoharan

Rated Excellent

Great service, well explained, well delivered, very pleased with outcome. I would recommend to anyone.

Lee Goulden

Rated Excellent

Very happy with the service at Pinnaclear. Hafiza was absolutely lovely and explained everything clearly before, during and after the treatment. Extremely pleased with the result and can now hear clearly again. Thank you

Tracey Carey

Why our customers choose us

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An PinnaClear we aim to provide an audiology service that offers a personalised and holistic approach to hearing health. We combine cutting-edge technology with experienced professionals to provide accurate treatment plans to empower individuals to fully engage in their daily lives with optimal hearing clarity.

  • Why do I get ringing in my ears?
    Ringing in ears (or head) is also known as tinnitus. This is a sound that usually occurs inside, without an external sound source. Tinnitus can occur for a number of reasons but the most common reason people experience tinnitus is due to reduced hearing levels. The first step would be to arrange a hearing assessment.
  • Do I need to soften my earwax before getting them cleaned?
    Unlike syringing, most people don't need soft wax for microsuction earwax removal to be successful. However, using a softening agent such as olive oil can mean a quicker and more comfortable microsuction earwax removal procedure.
  • What are the common hearing loss signs and symptoms?
    Patients usually report difficulty in hearing conversation, particularly in busy social settings. Quite often, family and friends notice hearing difficulties first. If you feel your hearing is deteriorating, then a hearing assessment will indicate the degree of hearing loss. The audiologist will then advise on the best treatment plan for you.
  • Can I get an invisible hearing aid?
    Hearing aids have advanced massively over the years; they are available in a range of colours and sizes. The type suitable for you will depend on a number of factors such as the shape of your ear canal and the degree of hearing loss. Your audiologist will advise on the best type of hearing aid for you, book an appointment today.
  • What is microsuction earwax removal?
    Microsuction earwax removal is the removal of stubborn earwax using a suction device. The procedure is performed by trained professionals and involves wearing some magnifiers to make it easier to view the wax and eardrum.
  • Do I need to soften the wax with olive oil before microsuction?
    Unlike syringing, softening earwax the same way isn’t necessary. However, it can mean the procedure is more comfortable, particularly if the wax is stuck against the ear canal.
  • What is the best way to clean your ears?
    Ears will naturally withdraw any earwax. If you do not have any pre-existing medical ear conditions you can use a little bit of olive oil to help soften any earwax and clean your ears. If you have earwax that is causing your hearing aid to whistle or cauging you discomfort then it is best to get your ears cleaned professionally.
  • How much does ear cleaning cost?
    The current charges at PinnaClear are £50 to £70, depending on the location and whether it is one or both ears that need cleaning. Home visits vary depending on the distance needing to be travelled.
  • Is microsuction earwax removal safe?
    As with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved. These risks are minimised by providing an accurate medical history and booking in with an experienced, fully trained professional.
  • What is the difference between going to Specsavers and coming to PinnaClear?
    The main difference is the level of training and experience. Quite often, the staff at Specsavers are minimally trained as hearcare assistants or hearing aid dispensers and will usually work off a checklist. At PinnaClear, all services are offered by a senior audiologist with several years of NHS and private audiology work.
  • Will the wax come out by itself if I just use olive oil?
    Olive oil ear drops can help to soften any ear wax so that it can naturally work its way out. If there is too much earwax or the wax is hard and impacted against the ear drum, the olive oil will soften the wax and help with professional microsuction ear wax removal.
  • Do hopi ear candles work?
    There is a misconception that hopi ear candles help to draw wax out of the ears, however, several studies have shown that this is not the case and instead hopi candles leave residue inside the ears, increasing risk of infection. There is also an increased risk of burning the ear with incorrectly performed procedures. This is also an unregulated procedure which means the risks can vary greatly.
  • Is it ok to use cotton buds?
    The skin inside our ears is very sensitive and cotton buds peel away at the protective layer in our ears. If there is wax it can become impacted as you push wax deeper against the ear drum. This can reduce your hearing and cause pressure inside your ears.