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Pros and Cons of Completely-in-the-Canal Hearing Devices

October 1st, 2013    •  by fizzniche    •   1 Comment »

hearing-loss-signsPeople who want invisible hearing aids will often look into the use of completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. These are placed right inside the ear so even those looking inside will not see them. While this is a major advantage, there are downsides to these hearing aids; especially when compared to in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing devices. These need to be considered to determine the best one for your circumstances.

Great for Mild or Moderate Severities of Hearing Loss

The CIC hearing aids are considered beneficial for those with only mild or moderate severities of hearing loss. Because they are small, the amplification is not as good as other types of hearing aids, particularly the behind-the-ear devices. Those with severe hearing loss are less likely to gain the most benefit due to this.

Molded to Fit to the Canal

Everybody’s ear canals are different, which is why molding to your canal is important. This helps to gain the best fit so that the hearing devices are comfortable and the wearer gains the most amplification benefit; especially due to the size. However, the small devices are often more expensive to make so they are not as readily available on the NHS.

Regular Cleaning Required

Following a regular cleaning pattern is essential to keep amplification of the CIC hearing aids to the best level. Earwax build up is a problem for all hearing aids and leads to hearing problems and CIC devices are more susceptible to this due to their location. You will need to remove the device on a regular basis and follow the cleaning instructions. The devices do come with the cleaning equipment required to fully clean and maintain them.

Improper cleaning will not just affect the quality of the sound. It will affect the lifetime of the device. Earwax and moisture are linked to the electronics of the device degrading quickly and you will need to spend more money to replace it.

Test with Different Situations

There is the ability to test the CIC devices before committing to the purchase. This is essential to make sure that the hearing aids are comfortable and amplify the sound perfectly; something you should do with all hearing aids. When testing the devices, you should do it for various situations to limit the chances of problems in certain environments. Test on the telephone, in a busy club and in the workplace. Do it with the everyday tasks that you are involved in to check the level of feedback and whether there is any distortion experience.

With other types of devices, changing the volume or programs is easier than with CIC hearing aids. The hearing aid fits all the way into the ear and needs to be pulled out to make the simplest of change, which takes more time.

Testing a device and understanding everything about it will help with your decision. Those suffering from mild and moderate severities of hearing loss may find that they benefit from completely-in-the-ear hearing aids but those with severe loss may find that the amplification is not enough.

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About the Author:  Alex Ingham has written various hearing articles for Your Hearing. She has covered topics recently about various types of hearing aids and the symptoms of hearing loss. Your Hearing offers independent advice to help those hard of hearing understand more about their treatment to gain the most benefit out of it.

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One Response to “Pros and Cons of Completely-in-the-Canal Hearing Devices”

  1. […] audiology. Usually, this testing is required to allow the impaired who use technological tools like hearing aids or implants to adapt their ears to the audio frequencies and sounds these tools pick […]

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