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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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Completely-ln-CanaI (CIC) hearing aid

The great things about a CIC

Completely-ln-Canal (CIC) hearing aids are a smaller variation of ITE hearing aids. Instead of sitting in the outer bowl of your ears, they sit completely within your ear canal. By necessity, this means that CIC hearing aids are smaller in order to fit in the more confined space.

They also cannot have any manual controls, such as volume wheels or program buttons. You must make adjustments to those settings using a remote control of some kind.

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CIC hearing aids are common for people who are using hearing aids for the first time. This is because they are even smaller than ITE hearing aids and have less power, so they are not suitable for people who have more severe levels of hearing loss.
However, the smaller size does offer some benefits. Because they fit completely in your ear canal, it can produce a more natural sound. It achieves this by using the natural shape and characteristics of the concha and ear canal.


  • Smaller and more discreet than even ITE hearing aids
  • Less prone to feedback or interference from wind noise
  • More natural sound and sound quality since it can use the natural shape and contours of your ear canal
  • Custom fit to comfortably sit in your ear
  • Better for people who wear glasses or masks that hook over and behind your ears


  • More susceptible to earwax and moisture damage than even ITE hearing aids
  • Less comfortable for people with small or narrow ear canals, such as children
  • Problematic for people prone to chronic ear infections
  • Less able to use rechargeable batteries
  • Less suitable for people with dexterity issues than even ITE hearing aids
  • Will not contain some features, like directional microphones
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Hearing aid types

Are you looking for hearing aids? Hearing aids come in a variety of types and styles, which can be broken into two main categories. We will talk about each type of hearing aid as well as the advantages and disadvantages of them.
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Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing aids: FAQ

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Which Type of Hearing Aid is Right For You?

Choosing hearing aids involves considering various factors, including your level of hearing loss, ear size and shape, budget, preferred features, and stylistic preferences.

Your ideal choice may not align with your initial preferences, as factors like profound hearing loss or small ear canals may limit certain options.

Consulting with a hearing care expert during a clinic visit, where a full hearing test and consultation are conducted, will help you identify suitable types based on your needs and preferences. From there, you can explore different brands and models to find the right fit within your budget with the desired features.

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