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When less is more

With a completely-in-the-canal design, your hearing aid can be your little secret. Staying well out of the way, CIC hearing aids let your ear perform its natural function, delivering a clear, natural sound you'll love. Let’s learn more together.
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Now you see it, now you don't

Ready for a magic trick? Place a completely-in-the-canal hearing aid in your ear and it won't just disappear, it'll deliver an amazing sound quality in its place. Positioned inside your ear canal, CIC hearing aids are lightweight, custom-fit and easy to handle. With a removal tab visible in the outer ear, completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are almost completely invisible and allow your ear's natural shape to funnel sound to the device the way it was meant to. All that's left to say is, abracadabra.

CIC in action

With completely-in-the-canal hearing aids, your ear can perform its natural function, capturing the sound from the outside world and delivering it to a microphone directly in the ear canal. With the device in close proximity to the ear drum, the sound is delivered in a more natural fashion, allowing the hearing aids to better recognize where the sound is coming from and deliver a clear, quality sound.

Pros and cCons

If you prefer a hearing aid that no one sees, a completely-in-the-canal design is the ultimate choice. It's lightweight, custom-fit to your ear, and fixed in place to avoid unwanted movement. It's so comfortable, you'll forget you're even wearing a hearing aids. What else do CIC hearing aids have to offer?
  • Discreet and undetectable:
    Only a small removal tab is visible in the outer ear.
  • Natural sound:
    Placed in the ear canal, these hearing aids don't interfere with the ear’s natural ability to block wind and funnel sound.
  • Reduced occlusion effect:
    Caused by blocking the majority of the ear canal, some hearing aids increase self-created sounds, such as chewing or talking. With CIC, this effect is lessened.
  • Phone friendliness:
    Since CIC hearing aids are in the ear canal, they don't get in the way. Some devices will have bluetooth connectivity, but even without, you can use the phone as if you weren't wearing hearing aids at all.
While boasting quite a list of benefits, there are some downsides to the small, discreet design of CIC hearing aids. Some of the disadvantages include:
  • Less power:
    With reduced space, the small design of CIC hearing aids means it won't amplify sound like a larger device. This makes it less suitable for those with more profound hearing loss.
  • Fewer features:
    This can also be chalked up to the smaller size. While larger devices contain additional functions, such as directional microphones, tiny CIC hearing aids don't have the space.
  • Harder to handle:
    For those that have trouble with dexterity, the small design of CIC hearing aids can make it more difficult to remove and change the batteries. Adjusting the volume can also prove difficult.

Why say yes to CIC

If a custom, comfortable and almost-invisible style is something you're looking for in your hearing aid, a completely-in-the-canal design is a great fit—literally. Your hearing care professional will take an impression of your ear, meaning your hearing aid will be a one-of-a-kind fit for your ears. With sound delivered directly to your ear drum, you can also look forward to an unbelievably natural sound.

Hearing loss levels

Just like every ear shape and form is different, so too is an individual's degree of hearing loss. Is a completely-in-the-canal hearing aid a good option for you? Those with mild or moderate hearing loss can definitely benefit from this design. However, because of its small size and reduced power, CIC hearing aids are not suitable for those with severe to profound hearing loss.

Adjusting to your CIC hearing aids

The benefit of the completely-in-the-canal design is its custom fit to your ear. If you have a hearing aid that has been properly fitted to your ear, it should fit comfortably and provide a clear, authentic sound. With that said, any new device will take a bit of time to get used to.

CIC vs other designs

The completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are perfect for those who prefer to keep their hearing health to themselves. With a custom, comfortable fit that's almost invisible to the outside world, even you might forget you're wearing your CIC hearing aids. It's important to keep in mind, however, that the smaller size can mean a less powerful device not suitable for those with dexterity issues or more severe hearing loss.
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Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing aids: FAQ

What does CIC hearing aid mean?

CIC stands for completely-in-the-canal hearing aid. It is one of the smallest hearing aid designs, sitting directly in the ear canal next to the eardrum. CIC designs are almost invisible to onlookers and contain a simple removal tab that is visible in the outer ear.

Are CIC hearing aids comfortable?

Yes, completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are generally comfortable for their users. This is thanks to the custom fit and their direct placement in the ear canal, reducing the chance of movement. Since they are inside the ear canal, they do not get in the way of things such as glasses, masks or phones.

What is the difference between CIC and IIC hearing aids?

While completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are placed in the ear canal, invisibile-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids are placed even further, behind the second bend of the ear canal. That means they are completely hidden to onlookers. IIC hearing aids are generally even smaller than some CIC hearing aids.

What is the difference between CIC and RIC hearing aids?

While completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are placed in the ear canal, receiver-in-the-ear (RIC) hearing aids house the microphone and amplifier behind the ear and are connected with a wire to the receiver placed inside the ear canal. While both are discreet, CIC hearing aids are almost unnoticeable to onlookers.

What is the difference between CIC and ITC hearing aids?

While completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are placed deep in the ear canal, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids sit in the lower portion of the outer ear. The CIC design is very discreet and almost invisible to others. While also small, the ITC is slightly bigger, allowing for increased battery life and room for additional features.

How much does a CIC hearing aid cost?

With a small design that contains leading technology, the price of a CIC hearing aid will vary depending on features and brand. An approximate price for completely-in-the-canal hearing aid can range anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000.

What is the best CIC hearing aid?

There are quite a few CIC hearing aids on the market today. Some of the top brands, including Signia, Widex and Rexton, offer CIC hearing aids with a discreet, comfortable fit and a high-quality, natural sound regardless of the sound environment.

Are CIC hearing aids good?

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are a great option for those who prefer a small, discreet hearing aid and are living with mild to moderate hearing loss. Comfortable, custom fits and sound delivered directly to the ear canal deliver high-quality, natural sound with the benefit of a nearly-invisible design.

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