As the smallest of the hearing aid options currently available, completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are different than other devices due to their size, custom fit and location in the ear canal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. CIC hearing aids offer several pros for the wearer, as well as a couple of cons that you should be aware of before getting one.
This type of hearing aid is small and comfortable, which provides both cosmetic and listening benefits to the wearer.Due to the lack of bulk, these devices work automatically without the need for controllers and other people may not ever notice that you’re wearing a completely-in-canal unless they peer directly into your ear canal.The custom fit of the device may make this a more comfortable choice because they are molded to the shape of your inner earA few CIC hearing aid models can also be worn for extended periods of time, up to several months in most cases, so you won’t be inconvenienced by having to remember to take out your device when showering or sleeping. Hearing aid models that must be removed daily have a convenient pull-out string that lies inconspicuously outside the ear. Because the device is inside the ear, your outer ear keeps away wind noise and allows you to use the telephone with ease. What’s more, your ear’s natural anatomy guides sounds into the device, improving the quality of the sound.
Smaller size means smaller batteries and smaller batteries mean less battery life. They are generally the more expensive option because they are custom fitted to the wearer’s ear. Additionally, their tiny size doesn’t leave room for extra features, so you won’t be able to adjust the volume or experience directional sound (the sound in front of you appears louder than one that coming from somewhere else). Moreover, CICs are not powerful enough for people with major hearing loss.