I’ve worn hearing aids almost all my life, and lately I’ve been in the market for some Completely In the Canal (CIC) hearing aids. My audiologist recommended Unitron Yuu because she said it’s the only CIC with enough power in case my hearing gets worse in the next few years (although my hearing loss has been level the last 10 years).
When the first trial pair came in, they were rather larger than I expected based on the marketing material I had seen and read. Also, the name “Completely In the Canal” suggests something that really goes into your ear.
I tried them for a week and a half, then had them sent back in to see if they could make them smaller (and get rid of the blue & red colors). They came back this week, and while they were a little smaller, they still don’t seem quite what I was expecting. They still seem more like ITC aids.
I was wondering what experience anyone here has with CICs, and with their real size, and regarding how small they can or cannot be.
Is it just this company, Unitron, whose CICs are big? Or are the marketing photographs just that: marketing, with no relation to reality? Or perhaps I have small ears?
I want to know what the reality is, and whether I should try some other brand or just accept what I have. To get an idea of the photos I’ve seen, just do a Google image search on “cic hearing aids”.
And here are a few descriptions from the web:
“CIC hearing aids are designed to fit entirely in the ear canal and as such are completely unnoticeable. They are among the smallest hearing aids available on the market today.”
“The smallest hearing aid that is almost invisible in the ear.”
“This is the smallest type of hearing aid made and is almost invisible in the ear. All the components are housed in a small case that fits far into the ear canal.”