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What Are Invisible Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are a fantastic tool for people with hearing loss and growing in popularity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, more than 7% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid.


One of the most important choices you can make when first choosing hearing aids is deciding on the type and style that you want. Let’s take a closer look at invisible hearing aids to see if they might be the right pair for you!


Woman talking with her audiologist about hearing aid options.

What Are They?

Invisible hearing aids, also referred to as invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) models, are a small and exceptionally discreet type of hearing aid that sits completely inside the ear canal. As the name suggests, because of their size and location, they are essentially impossible for others to see when you are wearing them.


The Benefits of Invisible Hearing Aids

Many people with hearing loss have certain fears when it comes to other people seeing that they wear hearing aids. While all of today’s hearing aids are much sleeker and less bulky than past counterparts, IIC models are definitely the most discreet. You can be at work or enjoying lattes with friends at Milk & Honey Coffee Company and experience clear hearing without others noticing your hearing device.


Other benefits of invisible hearing aids include:

  1. Works for mild to moderately severe hearing loss

  2. Sits close to the eardrum, which produces a more natural hearing experience

  3. Less likely to pick up wind noise when compared to models that sit behind the ear

  4. No external wires or tubes

  5. A great option for those who lead an active lifestyle


Possible Disadvantages

Though there are many advantages to IIC hearing aids, they aren’t the right choice for every individual.


Possible disadvantages include:

  1. A shorter battery life than other models

  2. The small size makes it difficult for people with dexterity issues to use and change the battery

  3. Controls are harder to see and feel

  4. Not an option if you want to use rechargeable batteries

  5. Not able to connect to Bluetooth®

  6. Is not suitable for all ear canal shapes, and some people just naturally experience discomfort with objects inside their ears


Bottom Line

Like any aspect of your health, your hearing loss journey is an individual one. When deciding on what hearing aids work best for you, you and your audiologist will discuss your hearing needs, style preferences, and other lifestyle factors to come up with the right treatment plan.


If you would like to learn more about invisible hearing aids or need to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact Topeka Ear Nose & Throat today.

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