Invisible Hearing Aids
Invisible hearing aids solve two huge problems. The most obvious is that they help people to hear better. While that is a huge benefit, it’s the second solution that might be most important.
Many people who suffer hearing loss are reluctant to use conventional hearing aids because of the device’s size, which they feel will draw attention to the fact that they have a disability or are getting older.
Many invisible hearing aids are so unobtrusive to wearers, they can forget they’re wearing one. While they are not really “invisible”, they sit completely unseen inside the ear canal.
So even people who don’t want to be seen wearing hearing instruments can do so with confidence.
Types Of Invisible Hearing Aids
Invisible-In-Canal (IIC): The only device that is 100% invisible when worn, IICs are designed to fit in the second bend of the ear canal, which means they cannot be seen from outside the ear. Many IIC instruments must be removed and replaced daily, but there are some extended-wear models on the market.
These devices can be custom-made to fit your ears, or you can buy them from a hearing centre. They are ideal for mild to severe hearing loss, and a hearing test will help determine if you are a perfect candidate for an IIC device.
Completely-In-Canal (CIC): While they do not fit as deeply in the ear as IICs, CIC instruments are still virtually invisible. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, your hearing specialist may determine that a CIC device is not best for you. The severity of your hearing loss often influences this.
CIC hearing aids are better suited for severe hearing loss. They are a little bigger than IIC options but offer an enhanced capacity for volume output. They may also be less likely to pick up wind noises.
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC): Not everyone’s type of hearing loss can be addressed by IIC and CIC devices. If increased functionality, like volume control, is required, then a RIC instrument can provide it while still remaining nearly undetectable to the casual observer. RICs are very small and light with the main part of the device resting unseen behind the ear. Thin plastic tubing runs from the device into the ear canal to deliver sound.
Determining the Right Fit for Your Invisible Hearing Aids
A poorly fitting hearing aid will not improve your hearing ability. Instead, your hearing may worsen, giving you the wrong impression about the devices. While looking for a hearing aid, it is essential to select the type that suits your preferences and needs.
To find the right one for you, it is essential to see a hearing specialist. Booking a hearing test can help you determine the severity of your hearing loss and identify which device is best suited for you. The specialist will help you find the right hearing aid for your lifestyle and try several styles to find the most comfortable fit.
Some hearing aids can be controlled using a smartphone app or remote control, allowing you to adjust the volume, program, and more. Some may also feature a push-button to their faceplate, but this can increase their size and visibility. Some high-end hearing aids are automatic and intelligent, adapting to changes in your environment. Talk to your hearing professional about what you would like so they can find the right devices for you.
Invisible vs. Open Fit
Open fit hearing fit behind the ear and feature a narrow tube that goes into your ear canal. This helps prevent the feeling of your ear being blocked, which some may experience with devices that go into the ear canal. They can often give a more natural feel because the voice is not amplified.
Though parts of the device are outside of the ear canal, they are virtually invisible as they rest behind the ear. The tube is thin and transparent, helping to disguise the appearance of the hearing aid.
Explore the Invisible Hearing Aids Options with Our Specialists
Whichever hearing aids you choose, be sure to wear them often and keep them well cared for. If you’re looking to upgrade, be sure to let your hearing specialist know what you are looking for so they can suggest new devices that are suitable for you.
Explore the options available by contacting Bravo Hearing today! Reach out to us by calling 416-207-9711 or book a free hearing test online.