Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest of all the hearing aid choices. They are suitable for people with mild to moderately-severe cases of hearing loss and are distinct from other options because they are custom fitted to the inside of your ear canal. 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.

Pros.

CICs are small and their size and fit hold several aesthetic as well as listening advantages. 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. It generally doesn’t get in the way of the telephone receiver and, because it is housed inside your ear canal, your outer ear is able to keep out wind noise. What’s more, your ear’s natural anatomy guides sounds into the device, improving the quality of the sound.

Cons.

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). CICs are typically not recommended for individuals with adequate low frequency hearing or for people with severe hearing loss.

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