Invisible hearing aids are becoming more and more popular as technology continues to thrive for hearing aid users. They are a brilliant choice for people who want to focus on being discreet. Today we’re going to offer some pros and cons for deciding to go ahead with invisible aids.
Types of hearing aid
Invisible hearing aids are custom made for the wearer’s ear canal meaning they are very comfortable to wear. There are two different options when it comes to custom hearing aids:
- Completely-In-Canal (CICs) – this type of hearing aid sits completely in the canal part of your ear
- Invisible-In-Canal (IICs) – this type of hearing sits even deeper in the canal and is pretty much undetectable
For people who value being discreet, these 2 types of hearing aids are obviously very inviting. However, you do need to take into account if these aids actually match you needs…
- Invisible hearing aids are suitable for a huge range of hearing losses; from mild to severe.
- These hearing aids are very discreet and perfect for someone who wants to keep their hearing aid out of sight. They are very lightweight and also comfortable as they are completely customised to the wearer’s ear canal.
- They are a very good option for people who wear glasses as wearing both can be difficult sometimes. The receiver of the hearing aid can be knocked off by the arms of the glasses. There is also a lot less chance that the hearing aid will be disturbed when wearing hats and scarves.
- Invisible hearing aids are protected from the weather much more than other hearing aids due to being within the ear canal. This means they are also less sensitive to wind noise.
- These hearing aids are very small due to the nature of where they are worn and so those with dexterity issues, may prefer to go for something larger.
- They can require a little more maintenance from moisture and earwax as it can enter the hearing aid more easily in the ear canal.
- If your hearing loss is only mild, you may notice you can hear your own voice more than you’re used to and this can take some time to get used to.
- Because an invisible hearing aid has to be made so small, there is only room for 1 microphone. Bluetooth connectivity is often not possible for these smaller hearing aids simply because there isn’t room for it.
Invisible hearing aids are an amazing technological advance for hearing aid wearers and if you are seriously considering going for them, we would recommend having a discussion with your hearing healthcare professional. They will be able to assess your hearing needs alongside your lifestyle and you can decide together if invisible aids are for you. If you’d like some further advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer service team.