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Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids

Completely In The Canal Hearing Aids CIC

Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are very small devices that do just as their name suggests and sit completely within your ear canal. This means that they are almost completely invisible to the outside world – unless someone were to look directly inside your ear.

They are another example of a custom fit hearing aid, as they are made to fit from a mould that is taken of your ear canal. Not only does this means that they will not move around inside your ear, but that they are also very comfortable.

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One of the other main advantages of Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids, apart from them being nearly invisible to others, is that they still allow most of your ear to continue performing its natural function. Your outer ear is still able to funnel sounds down towards your ear canal and then your hearing aid simply processes and amplifies these sounds before they are sent down your ear canal to your ear drum. This means that most people find that they still hear a very natural sound and benefit from increased directionality detection.

Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids have numerous different advantages and disadvantages. Our information below details some of the most common of these, however for more details please contact our expert team today and we’ll happily talk you through all of your options and book your free hearing test too.

Advantages of Completely In the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

Almost Invisible

For most people the main selling point of Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids is that they are almost completely invisible to other people. Only if someone were to look directly inside your ear would they be able to see your Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aid – and if they were doing that then it is likely that you already know them well enough to tell them that you are benefitting from a hearing aid!

You Can Hear Where Sounds Are Coming From

Because Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids sit far enough down into your ear canal to allow your outer ear to still perform its natural function, it means that you are still able to tell which direction sounds are coming from. This can be a very important feature of providing you with a natural hearing experience.

Natural Sound Experience

As a Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aid sits within the ear canal itself, it means that sounds can be collected naturally from the outer ear, funnelled naturally towards the receiver, which is then able to interact more directly with the ear drum. This results in you experiencing a much more natural sound.

Comfortable To Wear

Due to the fact that Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are incredibly small and also as they are custom made to fit your ear canal, they are incredibly comfortable to wear.

Discreet Control

Obviously as Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids sit within the ear canal itself, it means that they are not able to feature any controls on the aid itself. This means that all adjustments must be made through an external controller. This could be a dedicated remote control or via a smartphone app. This means that adjusting your hearing aid is incredibly discreet and unobtrusive.

Use The Telephone Naturally

As with all hearing aid styles that sit completely within the ear itself, with Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids you are able to use your phone exactly as you always have done, rather than having to hold it slightly above or behind your ear.

Wear Helmets and Other Headgear Normally

Because Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids sit within the ear canal it means that you can still comfortably wear any helmets, headphones or other headgear just as you have always done. This means that they can be particularly suitable for people with active lifestyles.

Less Wind Noise Disruption

Being situated inside the ear canal itself means that Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids suffer from very little wind noise disruption, which in other styles of hearing aids can cause a very annoying disturbance.

Disadvantages to Completely In the Canal (CIC) Hearing Aids

More Limited Features and Power

As Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids as much smaller than many other hearing aid styles, it means that they are more limited in the amount and size of processors/amplifiers that can be included in their design. This means that they are generally not suitable for people who have more severe levels of hearing loss and require a higher powered hearing aid.

Lower Battery Life

Again due to their smaller size, Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are only able to accommodate the smallest batteries. This means that the time between battery changes will be reduced and the power that they supply will only be enough to power less or more simplified technological features.

Limited On-Aid Controls

This may be an obvious point but as Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are very small and st mainly within the ear canal it is very difficult to include control on the casing itself. Some models may have some very basic on-aid controls, but the vast majority of adjustments will need to be made via an external device or smartphone app, which may not be suitable for all users.

Higher Levels of Maintenance

Because Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids sit within the ear canal itself it means that they are much more likely to become compromised by natural moisture from within the ear and potential buildup of earwax. If they are regularly and effectively maintained then this should not cause a problem, however this level of care may not be suitable for everyone.

Occlusion Can Be A Problem

As they completely fill the ear canal, Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids can cause occlusion of the ear(s). This results in feeling such as; your own voice louder or it sounding hollow, feeling that your ear is blocked or chewing food sounding noisy or unpleasant. Unfortunately the smaller size of Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids means that the inclusion of a vent to avoid the problem of occlusion is not possible.

Not Everyone Can Have One

Unfortunately if you have particularly small or an unusually shaped ear canal it is unlikely that you will be suitable for a Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aid, as they simply will not fit you.

Expensive

Due to their custom made design and use of micro-components, you may find that buying Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids from some retailers is more expensive. However if you buy your Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aid from HearingAid.org.uk then you will pay exactly the same as if you were buying any style in your chosen model.

Can Be Fiddly

Again as a result of their small size, Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids require a higher level of dexterity than some larger or behind the ear style of hearing aids. Action such as insertion and removal, changing the batteries, cleaning and general maintenance can be quite fiddly and so may make Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids unsuitable for users, especially if they have visual impairments or dexterity issues.

To find out more about Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids, or any of the other types of hearing aids that are available, contact our advisors and let us help you find the right hearing aid today.

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