If you’re looking into getting invisible-in-ear hearing aids and want to know what the best technology available for this style of hearing aid is, you’ve come to the right place. Many people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss love this type of hearing aid because they are discreet and make it easy to forget that you’re even wearing hearing aids.
The best invisible-in-ear hearing aid technology is Invisibel Synergy iQ. It provides wearers with a number of advanced features that will help you get the most out of having a hearing aid. Keep reading to find out more about what makes this invisible-in-ear hearing aid technology the best in its class.
Is An Invisible Hearing Aid Right For Me?
An invisible hearing aid might be suited to some, but not everyone. Your suitability will depend on factors like your hearing level and age. We have compiled a pros and cons list of invisible hearing aids so you can assess whether you think it might be an option for you.
|They are invisible.IIC are the smallest and most discreet hearing aid on the market. This provides benefits to those that may be concerned with appearance but still need assistance to hear||Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.Due to their small size, IIC are not strong enough for those with moderately-severe to severe hearing loss. This is also a problem if your hearing starts to decline as you may need to change type.|
|Natural sound quality. Invisible hearing aids work by using a deep placement within the ear to give a more natural experience by using the shape of the ear to collect sound and allow it to travel down the canal. Some IIC users say this makes it easier to get used to wearing a hearing aid.||Short battery life. Compared to other hearing aids, IIC have a reputation for having a much shorter battery life due to their small size. Most IICs can only use the smallest battery available, so a 16-hour-a-day wearer can only expect 2-5 days of power. This means a lot of battery changes and extra cost.|
|Your own voice sounds more natural. With other hearing aids, a large proportion of the ear canal is covered and people often complain that their own voice sounds distorted or too loud. IIC’s reduce this effect by covering less of the ear canal and creating less internal vibration.||Lacking in the latest tech. Because of the lack of chip space, IICs miss out on the most advanced speech enhancement technology. They are also unable to include a Bluetooth connection, which is a feature that many hearing aid wearers find very useful.|
The pros and cons illustrate that the small size of the IIC is both an advantage and a disadvantage. What it gains in natural sound quality and discreet wearing, it lacks in battery power, the latest tech and the suitability to those with more severe hearing loss.
Invisible and Comfortable
When we say these hearing aids are invisible, we mean it. These tiny hearing aids fit deep into your ear canal where they can’t be seen from the outside, even if someone is looking directly into your ears. This is what makes them the most discreet hearing aids available. Because they are custom-fit to your ears, they are also extremely comfortable so that you can wear them all day long without thinking about it or needing to adjust them.
For some people, making the transition to wearing hearing aids can be difficult as your brain has to re-learn how to hear sounds that it hasn’t heard in a while. This invisible-in-ear hearing aid technology gradually adjusts the settings so that you can get used to the hearing aids more easily than if you were to be overwhelmed with new sounds.
Wireless Streaming Capabilities
Even with hearing aids, watching TV, listing to music, and talking on the phone can still be difficult. That’s why this invisible-in-ear hearing aid offers wireless streaming, where sound from your TV, music-playing devices, and phone can be streamed directly into your hearing aid. All you need is a SurfLink accessory and you’ll soon be able to hear things without turning up the volume.
Sound Comfort Technology
This technology ensures that you can hear all the soft sounds that you need and want to hear without being overwhelmed by louder sounds. This was a common problem in the past with hearing aids that simply amplified every sound that entered the ear, but you can now take advantage of this technology that filters out loud sounds for ultimate comfort.
One of the reasons some people opt for behind-the-ear and other external hearing aid styles is that these duel-piece hearing aids eliminate the buzzing and whistling sounds that can sometimes come from feedback which occurs in single-unit hearing aids. However, with special feedback cancellation technology in place, you don’t have to worry about that with this invisible-in-ear hearing aid.
Something that many people find difficult about having hearing aids is that listening to music just isn’t the same. This is because hearing aids are designed to focus on being able to hear speaking more than music, which can often leave music lovers disappointed in the sound quality of music with hearing aids. However, these hearing aids offer new technology that helps you be able to hear music exactly as it was intended to sound, without distortion.
With nearly half of hearing loss sufferers also dealing with tinnitus, it’s no surprise that tinnitus relief technology has been built into the best invisible-in-ear hearing aids on the market today. If you suffer from ringing in your ears, you’ll be glad to know that these hearing aids offer customizable tinnitus relief so that you don’t have to suffer anymore.
For more information about how the best invisible-in-ear hearing aids can improve your life, talk to an audiologist today.
Invisible Hearing Aids currently available
Starkey Soundlens iQ Synergy
Starkey made the first IIC invisible hearing aids – called the Starkey Otolens. The Soundlens iQ is high performing with excellent feedback suppression, and comes in 5 faceplate colour options.
The Soundlens iQ are available as wireless compatible hearing aids and can work with all Surflink accessories – but this will make them slightly bigger
GN Resound LiNX-3D IIC
Resound have been late joining the race for producing IIC invisible hearing aids, but sometimes this pays off as they get to monitor the pro’s and con’s of other suppliers IIC products. Resound have ultimately come up with a great discreet option that offers good sound processing, good feedback suppression, reliability and discreet results.
Made from titanium using 3D printing technology. The smallest aid on the market as of April 2017.
Increased fit success rate for smaller ear canals, stronger shell for increased durability, high level of technology. For those with small ear canals or who break their hearing aids all too easily! Now available in 3 faceplate colour options.
Phonak Nano – invisible in canal hearing aids
Phonak’s first venture into IIC hearing aids was very successful. The Nano is very small and now incorporates a push button in the battery door for extra programmes without sacrificing on size. The Phonak Nano is available in 3 technology levels and 5 faceplate colours.
Signia Insio IIC (formerly Siemens)
Signia Insio IIC is a good option for those seeking invisible hearing aidswith high performance. Using the latest Nx chipset the Insio IIC has up to 48 sound processing channels which gives excellent speech clarity and feedback suppression. Available as wireless option.
Signia Silk is a modular (off the shelf) hearing aid, available in three technology levels, that can be fit to differing losses and patients ear size using different click domes that fit onto the end of the hearing aid. The only gain over custom products is that they are quick to fit, and they may suit a high frequency loss well due to reduction in occlusion.
Signia Silk are now available as a wireless CROS hearing aid solution for single sided deafness
Unitron Micro IIC / invisible hearing aids
The Unitron Micro IIC is made on the same production line as the Phonak Virto Nano, using the same technology and the same people, and even the same chipset! The difference is in the programming of the chipset, and the Unitron Micro offers an excellent option, albeit just a lesser know brand name.
Oticon IIC – invisible hearing aids
Oticon’s IIC invisible hearing aids are now available in their latest OPN and SIYA hearing aid range, and are smaller than ever before using new micro components. Oticon IIC’s comes in 5 faceplate colour options which makes these IIC’s an excellent choice for smaller ears. Now available as wireless version IIC’s, but these will be slightly larger as they require a signal receiver.
Widex Menu IIC / Invisible hearing aids
Widex came into the market of invisible hearing aids with the Widex Menu IIC. Widex use one of the fastest chipsets on the market giving excellent sound fidelity, often referred to as the Widex sound. We haven’t fit many of their IIC’s but recommend their latest products with full confidence in terms of performance.