Hearing aids are designed to amplify sounds, permitting those with hearing loss to communicate more effectively. With a variety of sizes and styles available, sometimes the ultimate decision in choosing a hearing aid comes down to one simple factor: cosmetic preference.
While the stigma associated with wearing hearing aids has largely dissipated, some individuals do not feel comfortable having others know about their hearing loss. They prefer devices that are small and discreet, and do not draw attention to their impairment. CIC, or “completely-in-canal” hearing aids, come close to meeting their needs – but as unobtrusive as these are, they are not completely invisible. The industry has responded with a new style of hearing aid that truly meets the definition of invisibility, if not in the literal sense than at least the practical.
Invisible Hearing Aids
Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are the most discreet instruments on the market. These tiny devices are placed so deep in the ear canal, no parts can be seen with the naked eye. All electronic components are housed in a miniature plastic casing to optimize space and allow for a miniscule design. Its deep placement takes advantage of the ear’s natural shape and function to deliver quality sound with improved localization. These benefits may be enough to sway many folks, but be aware there are a few disadvantages to invisible hearing aids.
The smaller the hearing aid, the less power it provides. IIC hearing aids work best for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. Battery life is short, approximately 3-5 days on average. And because it operates constantly in an atmosphere that is warm and humid, this type of hearing aid is prone to damage from moisture and earwax.