Completely-in-Canal Hearing Aids, or CICs, refer to hearing aids that are specifically manufactured to sit deep within the ear canal.
What are the pros and cons of CIC hearing aids?
A high quality, well fit CIC is invisible, even when the ear is viewed from the side, making it a discreet choice for hearing aid users.
Due to the location of the device, CICs can become clogged with wax. The quality of the ear impression taken for the shell is very important to ensure a seamless fit in the canal.
The components used for CIC hearing aids are the smallest available. As a result, this can limit battery life and amplification. User controls are also limited (volume or program) unless a remote control is used. However, advanced models can be used in conjunction with your smart phone for ultimate ease of use.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids represent a new development in hearing aids that are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
Compared to the traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid, the RIC (the loudspeaker) is placed in the ear-tip instead of in the hearing aid housing, reducing its size and appearance.
The RIC comprises three components: the housing, which sits behind the ear; the receiver which sits directly in the ear canal, and a thin ear wire that connects the two.
What are the pros and cons of RIC hearing aid types?
The RIC Hearing Aid offers a discreet yet powerful option for hearing aid users that operates automatically. Newer RIC Hearing Aids feature a sleek design and are often completely invisible.
As the receiver is sits in the ear canal it is susceptible to clogging from skin debris, wax and moisture. However, each device has a wax guard and your audiologist will show you how to care for and replace them.