I would like to hear more from some users who have C.I.C. models. After trying Siemens Intuis, I turned them in for the Siemens Cielo 2 power C.I.C. because I wanted more control of programs and volume (via the remote control).
The audi warned me that the battery life would be slightly less than the more-basic 72-hour Intuis, but my Cielos shut down anywhere from 4-7 hours after installing new batteries. (The battery indicator on the remote shows full batteries right up to the time of shutdown.) If I wait until the next day the same batteries will work again for a few more hours. This happens with various brands of batteries.
More significantly, speech intelligibility is very little better with the aids than without. There’s no doubt that I can hear more noises, more loudly, but I still have to ask people to repeat themselves almost as often as before I got aids. I do like the convenience of C.I.C.s because they don’t have feedback, or wind noise, and are very compatible with the telephone, muff-type headsets and eyeglasses, and can be easily removed and replaced discretely in public, as necessary to meet changing conditions.
I’ve read on this forum from users with BTE, OTE open-fit models who also complain of little improvement in speech intelligibility; but others seem to enjoy a big improvement. I just wonder if there is anyone out there with C.I.C. models who experience a big improvement in speech intelligibility.