Meet the ‘InvisiBel’
An invisible in-ear hearing device is the smallest of hearing aids that you can get, and quite popular among many people with hearing loss because it can’t be seen from any angle as it sits deep in the ear canal. Keep reading to find out some of the pros and cons of invisible in-ear hearing aids and to find out if this type of hearing aid is right for you.
Pros of Invisible In-Ear Hearing Aids
One of the reasons so many people hesitate to get hearing aids in the first place is they want to avoid the stigma that comes with wearing them. However, invisible in-ear hearing aids can’t be seen unless someone is up close and looking directly into your ear, so they help you completely avoid the unfortunate stigma that may come from wearing a visible hearing aid.
Because sound is allowed to enter your ear naturally, the invisible in-ear hearing aid provides a more natural sound no matter what you are hearing. This allows you to not only enjoy hearing the way you always have but just better, but it also helps you identify which direction sound is coming from since the sound is hitting your ears like normal, making them easier to adjust to.
Hearing distortion in your own voice is a common problem with hearing aid users, whether they sound hollow or are too loud to themselves. This is because of something called the occlusion effect which is caused when the hearing aid blocks the ear canal and causes sound to bounce around inside it. Since these hearing aids are inside your ear canal, there is no occlusion effect.
Less Residual Sound
Another common problem with hearing aid users is something called residual sound energy. This is the sound that the hearing aid itself makes as it works. Because invisible in-ear hearing aids are closer to the ear drum, they don’t use as much energy to help you hear better, which means they don’t produce nearly as much residual sound as other types of hearing aids.
Cons of Invisible In-Ear Hearing Aids
No Directional Features
One of the advantages of having modern hearing aids is that they have several microphones that work in different situations. For example, if you’re out to dinner, only the front microphones will work so you can hear the people in front of you more than the background noises. However, invisible in-ear hearing aids are too small to house more than one microphone, so you don’t get those same directional features. Instead, they rely solely on your ear for directing incoming sound.
Doesn’t Work for Severe Hearing Loss
Unfortunately, invisible in-ear hearing aids only work for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Those with more severe hearing loss will require the use of larger hearing aids that have enough space for more powerful speakers and better processing power.
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