Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest of all the hearing aid choices. They are designed for individuals with mild to moderately-severe cases of hearing loss and are different than other options because they are custom fitted to the inside of your ear canal. This style of hearing aid has many advantages, as well as a few disadvantages when compared to other hearing aid styles.
This type of hearing aid is small and comfortable, which provides both cosmetic and listening benefits to the wearer.Because of their small size, it’s difficult for others to notice a CIC without looking for it and it works automatically without extra knobs and buttons to control. They may be more comfortable to wear due to their custom fitting. A few completely-in-canal 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. Models that cannot remain in the ear are equipped with a tiny string for easy removal. 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). Completely-in-Canals are typically not recommended for individuals with adequate low frequency hearing or for people with severe hearing loss.