Hearing aid technology is constantly changing. The oversized, indiscreet hearing aid styles are becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are opting for smaller, customized hearing aids. Modern hearing aids can be programmed by a hearing instrument specialist for each user’s specific listening needs. Just about every modern, digital hearing aid features Bluetooth® connectivity, which allows users to clearly stream music, media, and even phone calls directly into your ears.
What do you need to know about IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are small devices that discreetly fit in your ear canals. They are nearly invisible to other people. The only visible part is the thin, clear wire that is connected to the aid. It attaches the receiver to the hearing aid device. It is also the piece you hold onto to insert the dome into your ear or remove it from your ear. IIC devices are similar to completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids. The IIC hearing aids are a little smaller and rest further inside the ear canal.
What are the advantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The primary reason why some hearing aid users wear IIC hearing aids is so that they have a device that’s completely invisible to other people. These discrete devices are customized for anyone’s ears. A hearing instrument specialist may even create a custom-made earmold for the user.
Another convenience that IIC hearing aids help with is providing coherent sounds from the user. The small size will not block up the rest of the ear’s natural functions. This means that it receives sounds and amplifies them directly to the eardrum. IIC hearing aids also allow users to recognize where sounds are emanating from.
This hearing aid style is also comfortable to wear. The customized mold will rest right on the bone to make sure that it does not become loose while being worn. Many IIC hearing aid users have reported that they are unable to feel the aid when it’s in the correct position. Due to their small size, they can comfortably wear helmets, over-the-ear headphones, and place a phone up to their ear as though they aren’t wearing a hearing aid.
What are the disadvantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The size of an IIC hearing aid does have its drawbacks.
If you experience problems when it comes to dexterity, inserting and removing these hearing aids might be difficult. Another problem can be the amount of battery life it holds. While it’s not too serious compared to other hearing aid batteries, IIC hearing aid batteries don’t last as long as the average battery.
Since IIC hearing aids rest in the ear canal, they may need more maintenance. Proper and frequent maintenance will guarantee the best function, and ensure that ear wax or moisture isn’t clogging the device.
Not everyone with hearing loss can use an IIC hearing aid. Depending on the shape of your ear, the device may not properly and securely fit in your ear canal.
Who are the best candidates for IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are perfect for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The small size is not suitable for individuals who experience a more severe form of hearing loss. The smaller hearing aids feature amplifiers and processors that have less power than larger hearing aids. IIC hearing aids are useful for anyone with an active lifestyle or who wants a discrete device.
If you would like to find out whether you are a candidate for IIC hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists about the Rexton MyCore Sterling 8C IIC.