Small Can Work, In the Right Circumstances

An exciting technological advance that has become normalized is invisible-in-the-ear hearing aids.

Though not for everyone due to technical reasons covered below—or necessarily what everyone considers hearing aid affordable—they are a great option for many people.

There are two self-explanatory varieties: in-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-canal (CIC). Either can be accessed from a professional hearing aid provider.

Here are some of the advantages of “invisible” hearing aids:

  • For someone not enthusiastic about being seen in public with a hearing aid, they are very discreet.
  • Extremely good sound dynamics because they operate so close to the inner ear.
  • Fewer feedback issues, especially the dreaded occlusion when a user’s own speaking voice becomes disorientating.
  • A bespoke item made to fit your ear.

But as the saying goes, there’s nothing perfect in this world. Invisible hearing aids do have some potential drawbacks:

  • They don’t work for everyone. The contours of some individuals’ ear canals simply don’t work with these hearing aid models.
  • They require some dexterity to manipulate and can be challenging for anyone with arthritis or similar conditions.
  • They don’t work as well for people with more severe hearing loss.
  • In relation to this, their tiny size also restricts some of the most powerful features of larger hearing aid models, such as providing greater directionality in especially difficult hearing environments and other advanced computer-aided functionality.
  • They require professional measurement of your ears and customized fitting, so they are not a matter of just opening the box and “plugging” them in.

For people within a certain range of requirements, invisible hearing aids are a great “fit” and something to pursue from their hearing aid provider. They are in many ways the pinnacle of current hearing aid design.