An in-the-ear model (ITE) is suitable if you have a mild to severe hearing loss. The ITE has all its electronic components contained within a plastic shell moulded to fit your ear. The ITE model is placed in the ear canal, but with the faceplate still visible in the concha of your ear. The size - as well as the visibility - of the ITE depends on your degree of hearing loss and the shape of your ear canals. The ITE comes with optional user controls for program and volume change on the outside shell plate.