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CIC Hearing Aids – The Most Favorable Option

Apr 04, 2017

CIC Hearing Aids – The Most Favorable Option

A hearing aid (also known as deaf aid) is a medical device for improving the ability to hear. Modern hearing devices are digital computerized systems which changes the sound of the environment to make it comfortable or intelligible in accordance to the rules of cognitive science and audiometry.  Considerable sound processing is done like shifting of frequencies, noise and wind cancellation/reduction, highlighting a spatial region or voice etc. They are configured according to hearing loss, physical features, lifestyle of patient, which is termed as “fitting by audiologists”. Different types of hearing aids are available in the market: body worn aids, behind the ear aids, on the ear aids, receiver in the ear aid, completely in canal aid, invisible in canal aid.

Completely in canal (CIC) or Mini in canal (MIC) aids are fit tightly inside the ear, deep inside the ear canal and usually not visible unless the viewer directly looks inside wearer's ear. They are prescribed in case of mild to moderately severe hearing losses. CICs should not be worn by people in whom people low-frequency hearing is good, as the occlusion effect becomes much more noticeable. Since it is small, it does not have a directional microscope and the batteries are also small which have a low shelf life. Hence they may become difficult to manage. Its position in the ear prevents the noise of the wind and hence talking on phone becomes easier without any feedback. They are typically more expensive than behind-the-ear aids because they have to be custom made according to the ear of the patient.

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 2017 in Las Vegas, Oticon has launched the world’s first smart hearing aids which can connect to doorbell, TV, smoke detectors, smart device etc.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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