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Pluses and Minuses of CIC Type Hearing Aids

Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest of all the hearing aid options. They are suitable for people with mild to moderately-severe cases of hearing loss and are distinct from other alternatives 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.

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. Additionally, the natural anatomy of the ear helps guide sound to the instrument, which improves the directionality of the sound.

Cons.

Smaller size means smaller batteries and smaller batteries mean less battery life. They are typically more costly than other types of hearing aids due to their custom fitting. You will also be limited to omnidirectional sound, meaning you will experience all sound as if it’s right in front of you. Completely-in-Canals are typically not recommended for individuals with adequate low frequency hearing or for people with severe hearing loss.

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