Invisible Hearing Aids
The best hearing aids in the world are the ones that are comfortable for you to wear. In its truest form, a hearing aid is fundamentally a miniature PA system which is made up of four simple components – a microphone, speaker/receiver, amplifier, and a power supply in the form of batteries. Nowadays, most of these devices come in a wide array of sizes and styles, including those that sit behind the ear to those that fit completely into the ear canal and are virtually invisible. Naturally, the different options all feature varying levels of technology that meet your needs as well as your budget.
Research conducted on people with hearing loss and their significant others shows that hearing aids play an important role in the person’s emotional, social, psychological and physical well-being and happiness. Invisible hearing aids are the most discreet hearing aids available today, and can play a large role in the wearer’s confidence. However, it is important to consider that the visible discretion often comes along with other trade-offs that must be taken into account when looking at the options.
Invisible hearing aids are placed deep within the ear canal which exposes the components to moisture and wax ingression, so these types of hearing aids do require a bit more care than their behind-the-ear counterparts. If you don’t loyally follow a daily cleansing care routine, your hearing aids will fail. Ensuring that they are dried correctly and stored in a cool and dry place is vital to ensure that moisture does not build up in the case. But these cleansing routines are a small price to pay for the quality of life the invisible hearing aids afford the wearer.
Typically, invisible hearing aid prices are similar to, if not the same as other hearing aids within the same technology level required. The prices differ from practice to practice, but you can expect to pay within the same price range. Naturally, considering different options is important, but ensuring that you are happy with the end product is vital. Wearing invisible hearing aids will take adjustment time, and care and support will be needed, so make sure your practice is hands on.
There are a wide range of invisible hearing aids available on the market, all of which offer a similar purpose – to amplify sound while providing the wearer with discretion and dignity. Different hearing aids suit different people, but we have found one that suits majority of wearers.
Starkey SoundLens or Audibel Synergy IIC
Starkey introduced the original SoundLens models to the market almost a decade ago, but updated the model recently, making it even smaller than the older model, as well as adding a second wireless hearing aid to their available options. The wireless version is no bigger than the older model, and the wearer can enjoy the discretion of the deep fitting hearing aid. Naturally, cost is always a concern, but this model is very reasonable. Depending on the technology needed as well as the location and practice, you can expect to pay roughly £2200 to £3200 in the United Kingdom, and $2500 to $4500 in the United States of America.
The SoundLens is available in three levels of technology – the Standard i1600, the Advanced i2000, and the Premium i2400. It is also available in two styles – the Starkey SoundLens Wireless and the Starkey SoundLens Non Wireless. The Wireless model is invisible in the ear canal, and is only available in the premium range i2400. The Non Wireless is completely in the ear canal, and is available on all three levels of technology.
Invisible hearing aids are designed to fit so snugly within your ear canal that no one can see it or even know that you are wearing it. The placement of invisible hearing aids also ensures that you will have no issues when using headphones and telephones, or when you wear eyeglasses. Hearing aids are designed to capture and comprehend sound in the same way that your ear is designed to do, making the wear of invisible hearing aids not only physically comfortable, but audibly more comfortable.