Completely-in-Canal (CIC) vs Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
Completely-in-canal, also known as CIC, and behind-the-ear, known as BTE, are two of the most popular styles of hearing aid being sold today. They not only provide excellent performance but also offer discretion for those wearing them. The question is, which is right for you? When thinking about which option to choose, be sure you consider the following factors.
- Your Specific Hearing Loss – BTE models of hearing aids work well with any and all levels of hearing loss. CIC models, on the other hand, may not be as effective for those who experience severe hearing loss. This is due to the fact that the receiver and microphone are quite close together in CIC models, which may cause feedback when used at higher amplification levels.
- Discretion – Both models of hearing aids are quite discreet to wear and can hardly be seen. However, those individuals who have short or no hair surrounding their ears may find that CIC models are the best option as they sit entirely in the ear canal and cannot be seen at all by a casual observer.
- Wearing Specialized Clothing or Equipment at Work – If your line of work requires protective equipment such as hard hats, large safety glasses or other items worn on the head and ears, a CIC model of hearing aid is often preferred. This is because they do not feature the processing unit behind the ear as with BTE models, which may interfere with how protective equipment fits.
- Dexterity – Individuals who experience issues with their dexterity, including numbness in the fingertips may find that a CIC hearing aid may be best. While they are smaller overall and require smaller batteries, they are one unit that does not utilize a wire over the ear, making them easier to use and put inside the ear.
- Comfort – Be sure to select a style of hearing aid that is comfortable for you, as you will be wearing them often and for extended periods. BTE models also known as RIC (receiver in the canal) hearing aids are often considered to be the most comfortable hearing aid as they have thin and flexible tips, (also known as domes), that go into your ears, allowing both the amplified sounds from the hearing aid and the natural sounds of your environment to enter your ear. CIC models are custom made made form an ear impression and sit tightly in the ear canal. While many people get used to this sensation, it can be quite bothersome to some.
The Specialists at Bravo Hearing Can Help You Find the Right Hearing Aid
The hearing professionals at Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke understand just how important your hearing is. For this reason, we strive to offer the best hearing aids and recommendations based on your unique needs. We are always here to provide you with support, advice and knowledge as you go on your journey to better hearing.