CICs are the smallest hearing aid style except for invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids. They fit inside the ear canal, with only a small portion of the face visible, making them difficult to notice.
These one-piece hearing aids are custom molded to your ear canal. A small speaker rests on the back of the aid, while the microphone and battery door are on its face. A tiny cord helps you insert and remove the device.
|Disadvantages of CIC hearing aid||Advantages of CIC hearing aid|
|Short battery life due to small batteries||Very discreet|
|More difficult to insert than larger styles such as in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids||Custom fit|
|Prone to moisture/earwax build-up||Natural hearing experience due to microphone’s placement close to the eardrum|
|Fewer features than larger models||Low feedback due to placement|
|Can be difficult to fit in some ear canals||Stay in place|