“Canal-style” hearing instruments are designed to go almost completely unnoticed when worn. Because they fit entirely in the ear canal, these tiniest of hearing instruments also provide the additional benefit of allowing the wearer to benefit from the pinna’s (the outer part of the ear) natural resonance and localization characteristics. Of these types of hearing instruments, “completely-in-the-canal” (CIC) models are best for individuals with good dexterity. Their smaller size usually translates to fewer manual controls (such as volume controls and program buttons) and smaller batteries (which may be more difficult to insert and remove). “In-the-canal” (ITC) models may be easier to use, have larger batteries with longer battery life, and come with additional features.
Knowing more about the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid, and how to break it in may help reduce some of your concerns. At EAR & HEARING CLINIC, our goal is to help people of all ages hear better and improve their quality of life. As registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario, we are among the highest qualified regulated hearing health care professionals in Canada. “Hear the Sound of Life.”