micro cic compared to a common mp3 stye earbud

Micro complete-in-canal hearing aids offer distinct advantages over disposable extended wear hearing aids. (photo courtesy of unitron hearing systems, www.unitron.com)

Recent advances in component miniaturization and the ability to make smaller hearing aid shells, have pushed the micro in-the-canal, MIC, into the mainstream for hearing aid wearers.   MIC hearing instruments provide significant advantages to consumers­ who want invisibility.  Compared to another type of invisible hearing aid, Lyric, the MIC has 7 advantages:

Advantages of MIC compared to Lyric

  1. Unlike the extended wear hearing aid, Lyric, micro in-the-canals can easily be removed by the wearer.
  2. Not only is it easy to remove, but it is very easy to insert.  You don’t need to return to the clinic to get help putting the hearing aid back into your ear.
  3. It is very comfortable because it isn’t several sizes to fit many.  MICs are made from an impression of your ear.
  4. It is easy to clean and maintain.  Each night when you remove it before bed, you can clean the receiver and prevent wax build-up
  5. MIC hearing aids are programmable hearing aids.  This means your health care professional programs your hearing aid for your individual needs and can reprogram it if there are changes in your hearing.
  6. Micro in-the-canal hearing aids use advanced digital processing.  Unlike the extended wear hearing aid, MICs take advantage of digital noise reduction that make listening in background noise more comfortable.  For some products, the processing in the MIC not only makes you more comfortable, but improves speech understanding in background noise.
  7. The MIC is a great bargain. Compared to the never ending cost of an extended wear hearing aid, the MIC costs about the same as a two year contract of Lyric.  You can expect to keep your MIC for  5-7 years.
micro cic from sonic innovation

Cut away illustration of the MIC in the ear canal. (photo courtesy of sonic innovations, www.sonici.com)

When you compare MICs to regular hearing aids, the wearer has three distinct advantages:

  1. It is simple to wear and operate.  There are no complicated controls or buttons to operate.  There is no remote control to pack around with you.
  2. Wearer voice quality is more natural.   Because the MIC fits deep into the wearer’s ear canal,  the wearer’s own voice sounds more natural compared to other types of hearing aids
  3. It looks great because you can’t see it!

Some manufacturer’s also call the the micro in-the-canal an IIC, which is an invisible in canal aid–they’re excatly the same thing.  If you’re ready for a hearing instrument or need to replace your existing system, ask your audiologist if a MIC is right for you.  To learn more about hearing and understanding speech in noisy environments, visit our web site:  www.hearingoffice.com.


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