Are you looking for a hearing aid that blends in with your ear so well that others can barely see it? Then completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) could be the right solution for you.
There are many types of hearing aids on the market today. Which one you use depends on your type of hearing loss, and your own preference. Here’s a little more about how completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) work.
How they work
Completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) are some of the smallest hearing aid models available today. CICs are a great option for those with mild to moderate-severe hearing loss who are looking for a discreet hearing aid solution.
Depending on the size and shape of your ear, a CIC hearing aid can fit deep inside the ear canal, making it almost invisible. All Widex CIC hearing solutions are fully automatic – so you can hear clear and natural sounds with minimal or no intervention. CIC hearing aids can be removed via a small extension cord.
DREAM CIC-MICRO: A newest – and smallest – CIC on the block
The idea of putting something so small in your ear for the first time may sound daunting – so here is an easy guide to how it works:
- Custom-made shell: The hearing aid shell is custom-made to fit the shape of your ear – with all vital electronics inside. This shell is actually created using a 3D printing technology called CAMISHA . A hearing professional will use laser technology to make an impression of your ear canal and turn this data into a 3D computer model. A shell is then created for you for an exact fit.
- Fit and placement: Completely-in-canal hearing aids fit in your ear, with only the faceplate visible from the outside. The custom-made shell allows for an exact fit – so it sits comfortably in your ear.
- Removal: When it’s time to go to sleep, completely-in-canal hearing aids can easily be taken out by hand.
Batteries: Batteries must be installed via a battery door located directly on the hearing aid. This can be done by hand or by using a small magnetic wand.
Why they are great
- Very small size – no bigger than a marble
- Discreet – they fit inside your ear and can easily be hidden by your hair
- Fully-automatic – automatically adjusts to your listening needs.
Who should use them
Completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) are suitable for all types of hearing loss. They’re especially great for athletes and others who need their hearing aids to stay in their ears during intense physical activity.
DREAM CIC-MICRO: WIDEX’ SMALLEST CIC
Why they’re a great fit
Completely-in-canal hearing aids are produced using Widex CAMISHA technology. CAMISHA stands for Computer Aided Manufacturing of Individual Shells for Hearing Aids. With the use of laser technology it makes an impression of the hearing aid user’s ear canal and turns this data into a 3D computer model. This is then used as a basis for the manufacturing of individual shells and earmoulds that perfectly fit the user’s ear canal.
CAMISHA has greatly improved the comfort of completely-in-canal hearing aids, and allowed for shells that are not only smaller and more discreet, but fit the shape of the ear better. Moreover, it has made the manufacturing process far more easy and precise.
It’s because of this technology that Widex could create DREAM MICRO CIC, which is significantly smaller than other completely-in-canal hearing aids. When placed next to each other, CIC MICRO makes our previous CIC solutions look big.
While the proportions of the technical components are kept to a minimum, there is also extra flexibility with the possibility of changing the receiver (or speaker).
Widex patented CAMISHA technology is licensed to all major hearing aid manufacturers and ear labs, and has revolutionized the manufacturing of shells and earmoulds across the entire industry.
In 2012, CAMISHA won the European Inventor Award and was afterwards featured on CNN’s “Make, Create, Innovate.”