How the Mini-Canal Hearing Aid Looks and Feels

The mini-canal hearing aid is a custom built hearing aid style that is known to be suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss. These aids use #10A disposable batteries, the smallest battery available. This style is quite small, but slightly larger than the CIC design.

As a result of its size, the mini-canal is not likely to pick up wind noises. Like the IIC and CIC hearing aid styles, the mini-canal (MC) is very discreet and fits comfortably in your ear, provided that your ear anatomy is a certain size. Wondering if the mini-canal hearing aid style is for you? Request an appointment with a local NexGen Hearing Clinic to talk about your options.

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The Best Hearing Aid for Moderate to High Background Noise

The mini-canal hearing aid produces a natural sound profile, using the advantage of the resonances of the ear profile to conduct its natural function, just like the CIC hearing aid. The users voice will sound more natural to themselves in comparison to styles with a microphone outside of the ear canal. Equipped with directional microphones, this aid is the highest performer (in the #10 battery segment) in moderate to high background noise situations.

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Which Hearing Device Is Right for You?

BTE: Behind the Ear

Versatile for almost every level of hearing loss, BTE hearing aids offer superior amplification and directional microphones.
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CIC: Completely in

CIC hearing aids are small, barely visible when worn and less likely to pick up wind noise.
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Extended Wear

Revolutionary Lyric hearing aids can be worn 24/7 for months, installed professionally by your NexGen Hearing clinic team.
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IIC: Invisible in Canal

Comfortable and discreet, IIC hearing aids are virtually unseen when worn and are ideal for mild to medium hearing loss.
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Custom built hearing aid style suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss, only slightly larger than the CIC design.
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ITC: In the Canal

ITC hearing aids are custom-molded and popular with many people who have mild to moderate hearing loss.
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RIC: Receiver in Canal

RIC hearing aids are a two-piece device that has directional microphones, natural sound and manual control features.
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Frequently Asked Questions

A mini canal hearing aid is specially designed, and custom fitted to sit in the lower third of your external ear, the cavum concha. Because of the small size and profile of this type of hearing instrument, a mini canal hearing aid is also fitted with a clear extraction cord to make removing the hearing aid easier.

Mini canal hearing aids use a size 10 battery. The typical lifespan of this size of battery is between three and five days. However, battery life can vary depending on how you store and handle the batteries, the number of hours per day the mini canal hearing instrument is used, the severity of hearing loss, and the technology that is used in the specific model of hearing aid.

There are many great benefits of wearing a mini canal hearing aid including:
  • They are small and discreet with a low profile.
  • They are more powerful than completely in canal (CIC) and invisible in canal (IIC) hearing aids, making them more suitable for people with higher degrees of hearing loss.
  • Dual microphones in some models help improve speech recognition in noisy environments
  • The location of the microphone in the ear helps with preserving the natural acoustics of the external ear that help with localization of sound coming from in front and behind, as well as using a telephone.

A mini canal hearing aid is slightly smaller than an in the canal device but does not sacrifice much in the way of power and functionality. A mini canal is a slightly more discreet version of an in the canal hearing aid and is more recessed into your ear canal, making it less noticeable.

Much like the in the canal and in the ear models of hearing aid, a mini canal hearing aid will need periodic adjustments including re-casing. Over time, the cartilage in a person’s ear can slightly change shape due to factors like aging, weight gain or weight loss among others. You’ll know when a mini canal hearing device needs re-casing when it doesn’t fit as well as it used to. If you notice this, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment at your nearest NexGen Hearing clinic to have your mini canal hearing aid re-cased and refitted.