When people first think about hearing aids - how hearing aids look is one of the main factors that generally determines what hearing device they choose. Or in some cases, it is the reason why so many people don't seek professional help with their hearing loss in the first place.
The good news here is that hopefully with an ever-growing accessible education and awareness, the introduction of modern digital hearing aids and offerings of discreet hearing solutions - this is on the verge of change. Changing perception and dissolving the stigmas surrounding hearing aids - a positive step in the right direction.
In this article, we will be talking mainly about IIC hearing aids, which are the smallest hearing aids available in the industry. We also aim to cover the most common questions from consumers like:
In today's world, people are responding to the modern, digital and discreet hearing aids on the market to tackle their hearing loss. Consumers who are anxious about the effect of their hearing aids appearance or how they look to others, almost always go for invisible hearing aids.
In some cases, they provide advanced technology in a smaller device and this in itself attracts the modern consumer. Giving them functionality and subtle hearing solutions along with the confidence to wear them. Invisible hearing aids or IIC hearing aids are sometimes so small it is quite possible that you forget you're wearing them!
'Smallest hearing aids', 'Discreet hearing aids' and 'Invisible hearing aids' deliver big power and offer modern solutions in a modern world of style and technology. Giving consumers exactly that - power, style and technology.
Invisible hearing aids are designed and created to be undetectable, as they sit comfortably and securely within the ear canal. Due to the lack of components outside your ear - other people won't know you are wearing hearing aids. Although the times of the chunky and rather large Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids are behind us and have gotten smaller in size - we are still seeing an increase in first-time wearers opting for IIC hearing aid models.
Most invisible hearing aids give the wearer the flexibility of hearing aid control and hold the same if not sometimes more powerful technology within the small casing.
The honest answer here is no. If you are conscious about wearing hearing aids like Reciever in the Ear (RIC) or Behind the Ear (BTE) models, then - yes - invisible devices might be worth considering and opting for. However, they are not appropriate for everyone or every ear. Let me explain...
ITE hearing aids are generally compatible with people who have mild to moderate hearing loss. Because they are small they are not suitable or recommended for people who have severe to profound hearing loss. They are also much trickier to handle and put into your ear or can be a challenge when you replace your batteries. So if vision or dexterity is an issue, this type of hearing aid is probably not the best style for you.
Comfort is so important when choosing hearing aids. If they are a bad fit they won't just deliver poor sound, but they will also hurt your ears and cause irritation. Invisible hearing aids are known to be comfortable, but they are not compatible with all ear shapes. For instance, if your ear canals are short or thin an ITE hearing aid may not sit comfortably within your ears. However, there are options to trial this style of hearing aid before you commit to purchasing with your audiologist - which we would highly recommend.
If invisible hearing aids or small hearing aids aren't right for you in the end - there are plenty of other great options available on the market. Like I mentioned earlier, BTE hearing aids for severe hearing loss are now smaller than past designs and can provide a more beneficial hearing experience for a greater hearing loss.
There are are some small, sleek and stylish RIC's out there that offer rechargeability, Bluetooth connectivity and great hearing control and streaming features. For instance, the Signia Styletto X range delivers:
View the Signia Styletto 7X here for more information.
All the main hearing aid manufacturers have small and ITE hearing aids in their model list. See below for the brands we stock and the ranges available:
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