Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Have you heard...Mini Aids

Traditional Completely in the Canal (CIC) hearing aids were made to sit in the ear canal with the faceplate positioned at the opening of the ear canal, previously this was the most discreet in-the ear hearing aid fitting available.

In 2010 Starkey introduced the first Invisible in the Canal or IIC hearing aid called ‘Soundlens’. Since then the other major hearing aid manufacturers have also brought out similar products, making Invisible In the Canal (IIC) the newest and competitive style of hearing aid.

Improvements in shell design and computer aided design technology, as well as miniaturisation of components mean that the IIC hearing aids can be made significantly smaller and therefore sit much deeper in the ear canal.
If the aid can sit beyond the second bend of the ear canal then it will be totally invisible, however results will vary depending of the physical size and shape of your ear canals.
There are also benefits to IIC hearing aids other than the invisibility:
  1. Reduction of the ‘occlusion effect’ – the muffled or blocked feeling that happens sometimes with CIC hearing aids
  2. Natural directional hearing and noise reduction due to the placement deep in the ear canal

How do I get an IIC hearing aid?
The first step is to come for a consultation, which will include a hearing test to see if an IIC would be appropriate. Next we need to examine your ear canal and take impressions of your ears. This involves putting some soft silicone based material into your ear canals in order to take their shape. The impression material sets in about 2 minutes and then is removed. These impressions are then used to make the hearing aids.

The importance of good impressions
In order for the manufacturer to make the hearing aids it is absolutely essential to have a detailed and accurate impression, which is deep enough to give all the information needed to make an invisible product. The deeper and more accurate the impressions, the more possibility there is of achieving a truly invisible hearing aid, which will be comfortable and fit properly.


  1. Hearing aids technology depends on the cause of the ear infection problems. You can cure it immediately by consulting to the experienced doctor.

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  2. Hi Eleanor nn, your message seems a little confused. As Audiologists we would not have the clinical expertise to deal with an ear infection, and so would refer on to a client’s GP, where they would be dealt with appropriately, most probably with antibiotics.

    Certainly no hearing aid technology is appropriate for an ear infection. We cater for clients with permanent hearing loss, mostly Sensorineural (damaged inner ear hair cells) for which there is currently no "cure"

    For these people you are absolutely right the hearing aid technology can depend on the client’s loss (not infection) but can also be dictated by a number of other aspects such as cost, vanity, manual dexterity etc.

    As Audiologists we would take all aspects into account before fitting the most appropriate technology.

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