In The Ear Vs Over The Ear Hearing Aids

Hearing loss can significantly impact one's quality of life, affecting communication, relationships, and overall well-being. That's why selecting the right hearing aid is crucial.

As a trusted brand in Australia, we understand the importance of finding the perfect hearing aid that caters to your unique requirements. In this article, we compare two popular options: in-the-ear (ITE) and over-the-ear (OTE) hearing aids. By exploring their features, advantages, and considerations, we aim to guide you towards the best choice for your specific needs.

What are In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids?

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are discreet and compact devices that fit inside the ear. They are custom-made to match the shape and contours of your ear, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. ITE hearing aids are designed to be worn entirely within the ear canal or partially within the outer ear, depending on the specific style chosen. Their sleek and subtle appearance makes them an attractive option for those who prefer a more discreet hearing aid.


Medescan's Hearing Aid ITE (In The Ear)


Advantages of ITE Hearing Aids:

  • Discreet Appearance: One of the primary advantages of ITE hearing aids is their inconspicuous nature. They are custom-made to blend seamlessly with the natural contours of your ear, making them less noticeable to others.
  • Suitable for Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss: ITE hearing aids are ideal for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. They offer sufficient amplification for most everyday listening situations.
  • Convenient Adjustment: ITE hearing aids often feature user-friendly controls, such as volume wheels or push buttons, located on the device itself. This allows you to easily adjust the volume and settings to suit your preferences and changing listening environments.

What are Over-The-Ear (OTE) Hearing Aids?

Over-the-ear (OTE) hearing aids, also known as behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, are designed to sit comfortably behind the ear. They consist of a small case that houses the electronic components, connected to an earmold or a thin tube that directs sound into the ear canal. OTE hearing aids come in various styles, including standard BTE, mini BTE, and receiver-in-canal (RIC), offering flexibility and adaptability to individual preferences.

Advantages of OTE Hearing Aids:

  • Suitable for All Types and Degrees of Hearing Loss: OTE hearing aids are highly versatile and can effectively address mild to severe hearing loss. They provide powerful amplification, making them suitable for individuals requiring higher levels of sound amplification.
  • Natural Sound Amplification: OTE hearing aids are known for their ability to deliver clear and natural sound. With their larger size, they can accommodate advanced features and technologies that enhance speech understanding and reduce background noise, providing an improved listening experience.
  • Comfort and Secure Fit: OTE hearing aids are designed to sit comfortably behind the ear, with the sound directed into the ear canal. They offer a secure fit, ensuring stability during daily activities and reducing the risk of slippage or dislodgment.


Medescan's Hearing Aid - Behind The Ear (BTE)


In The Ear Vs Over The Ear Hearing Aids


OTE Hearing Aids

ITE Hearing Aids


Sit behind the ear

Fit inside the ear


Visible, but can come in discreet designs

Less visible, can be custom-made for a seamless fit

Degree of Hearing Loss

Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss

Ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss

Sound Amplification

Provide powerful amplification

Offer sufficient amplification for most everyday listening situations


Relatively larger

Smaller and more discreet

Control and Adjustment

Easy to adjust volume and settings

User-friendly controls often located on the device itself


Comfortable fit behind the ear

Custom-made for a comfortable and secure fit


Offer a wide range of connectivity options

Limited connectivity options

Customisation Options

Various styles and sizes available

Custom-made to match the ear's shape and contours

Suitable for

Suitable for all types and degrees of hearing loss

Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss

Example Model

Medescan BTE Hearing Aid

Medescan ITE Hearing Aid

Medescan’s Range of Hearing Aids

At Medescan, we are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with hearing difficulties. Our range of hearing aids combines cutting-edge technology, exceptional performance, and user-friendly features to ensure optimal hearing experiences.

Explore our range of hearing aids, including the discreet and custom-fit ITE options, the powerful and versatile OTE models, and the technologically advanced Bluetooth-enabled devices. Our BTE hearing aids provide maximum amplification, while ITE hearing aids offer discreteness and convenience. For those seeking advanced features and connectivity, our Bluetooth hearing aids provide seamless integration with other devices for a truly connected hearing experience.