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Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids

There are for main types of hearing aid: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC) and Completely In Canal (CIC). Each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of buying a new hearing aid, it is worth spending some time thinking about which type would be best for you – ideally you should visit an audiologist or aid vendor who will give you a hearing assessment and advice on which aids would be most suitable for you.

Completely In the Canal (CIC)

CIC hearing aid

Completely in the canal hearing aids are the smallest of all the models that are available today. They fit completely into your ear canal (hence the name!) and are virtually invisible to other people – usually only a small plastic wire protrudes from your canal and maybe be visible to people who are looking very closely at your ear. The plastic wire is necessary to enable you to pull the hearing aid out of your ear – it sits too far down the canal for you to be able to pull it out without the wire.

Similar feedback problems to the ITE and ITC aids could be experienced with CIC models – always try them out first if you intend to buy a pair. Test them when you are speaking on the phone to make sure they don’t produce too much feedback. In my experience, feedback has been less of a problem with CIC hearing aids than with ITC models – I assume this is because the receiver is further down the canal and not so close to the phone when you place it to your ear.

Because of their small size, CIC hearing aids are the least poweful. They will most likely be recommended to people with mild to moderate hearing loss. You will usually find that CIC aids are the most expensive of all the models available.

Because the electronic components of CIC hearing aids are inside your ear they are suspectible to damage from ear wax and moisture. You should receive a set of brushes and other tools to help you keep your CIC aid clean and in good working order.

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  1. We are VERY sad, upset and disappointed that micro Completely-In-Canal (CIC) is not for severe to profound deaf/hearing impaired people, like me! It is not fair to us! Because we do not like bigger ones like Behind-The-Ear (BTE), In-The-Canal (ITC), In-The-Ear (ITE) and others. Because we want micro CIC to work for us and we do not want anyone to see it. Please try to make it work with more power as soon as possible! We are getting older everyday :(

  2. I am looking forward to using the CIC hearing aid although im not sure if it is going to work for me because i have high frequency hearing loss. Im only 16 and im hoping for the almost invisible hearing aid to benifit me so i dont have to say huh? all the time anymore. I wouldnt wear any other kind of hearing aid beacuse they are kind of embarrassing so thanks for the advancement in technology! Hopefully it will go even further fast.

  3. Hi-I jhave had cic aids for at least 10 years and they are GREAT! I have about 70% hearing loss and other than having to change batteries freguently they are perfect–no one can see them and I am looking into getting the digital ones which are MUCH better–cost more–but I’m worth it!! After all, hearing is a most precious thing!!!

  4. i m having moderate hearing loss in both the ears i have got surgery for left ear and its ok now can i g o for the hearing aid in canal for the right ear will it work as i dont want to go for surgery for my right ear as im diabtic plz tell and what could be the price of this

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