CIC (Completely-In-In-Canal) Hearing Aid
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are even smaller than In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aids. Their discreetness makes them nearly invisible when worn, appealing to individuals seeking a highly inconspicuous hearing aid solution. These aids are molded to fit the unique contours of the individual’s ear canal, providing a snug and comfortable fit.
Due to their placement, CIC aids benefit from the ear’s natural shape and structure, allowing for better sound localization and reduced wind noise compared to some other styles. CIC hearing aids are designed to fit deep within the ear canal, making them a suitable choice for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss and normal-sized ear canals. Because of their compact size, CIC hearing aids typically lack the option to connect to a smartphone or offer Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, the volume control on these devices may only be adjustable through a dedicated app or remote control, as most CIC hearing aids do not include a physical push button for adjustment.
CIC aids are nearly invisible when worn due to their placement deep inside the ear canal, making them an excellent choice for individuals seeking a highly discreet hearing aid solution. This discretion can provide a sense of confidence and comfort, especially in social and professional settings.
Natural Sound Quality
Their position deep in the ear canal allows CIC aids to utilize the ear’s natural anatomy, providing a more natural sound quality by taking advantage of the ear’s ability to collect and funnel sound towards the eardrum. This can result in clearer sound perception, as it mimics the natural hearing process.
Reduced Wind Noise and Feedback
Improved Directional Hearing
The placement of CIC aids deep within the ear canal allows for better localization of sound. This can enhance the ability to discern the direction from which sounds are coming, contributing to a more immersive and natural listening experience, especially in noisy environments.
Reduced Occlusion Effect
CIC aids often have a reduced occlusion effect compared to some other styles. This means wearers may experience less of a sensation of their voice sounding “boomy” or hollow when speaking, providing a more comfortable feeling while wearing the device.
Compatibility with Glasses or Headphones
Given their placement deep in the ear canal, CIC aids typically cause fewer issues with the use of glasses or headphones. Wearers can comfortably wear these accessories without experiencing discomfort or interference from the hearing aid.
CIC Hearing Aid Features
Bluetooth Streaming Connection using iPhone or Android Devices
These aids facilitate seamless wireless connections to both iPhone and Android devices, enabling wearers to stream phone calls, music, and other audio content directly to their hearing aids, enhancing accessibility and connectivity in various daily activities.
Rechargeable or Disposable Batteries Based on Models
Some CIC models offer disposable battery options, providing flexibility for users who prefer this power source. This option allows for convenient battery replacement without the need for recharging, offering a practical solution for certain users’ preferences and lifestyles.
Remote Programming After Initial Fitting
Post initial fitting, CIC aids often allow remote programming, enabling wearers to make necessary adjustments or fine-tunings to their device settings without requiring additional in-person appointments, ensuring personalized and efficient ongoing care and adjustments.
CIC Pros and Cons
Smallest and least visible hearing aid type.
Limited space for advanced features.
Custom-molded for a comfortable, discreet fit.
Limited power for severe hearing loss.
Uses smaller batteries; still reasonably long.
Shorter battery life compared to larger styles.
Limited wireless features compared to larger styles.
Connectivity may be more basic or unavailable.
Offers some protection against moisture and earwax.
Still more exposed than in-the-canal styles.
T-coils may be included in some CIC models.
T-coils may not be as effective in certain situations.