Hearing aid technology has changed significantly since the early days of the old fashion ear trumpet. Today’s hearing aids are even much, much more advanced than hearing aids from 20 even 10 years ago. Not only do today’s hearing aids provide more sound clarity, personalization and control, but hearing aids come in even more size and style options than ever before. In today’s market the term “invisible hearing aid” or “Invisible-in-Canal” can be found on any of the major hearing aid manufacturers’ websites. But what does invisible mean?

Custom hearing aids

Today’s custom hearing aids give users more options. As the name conveys custom hearing aids are designed to fit your unique ear shape. Custom hearing aids offer customers access to smaller and more discreet hearing aids. There are typically five types of custom hearing aids to choose from:

  • Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)
  • Completely-in-Canal (CIC)
  • In-the-Canal (ITC)
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)
  • Mic-in-Helix (MIH)

The most discreet

As the name implies Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) hearing aids cannot be seen by those around you because the hearing aids sit deep inside your ear canal. Invisible-in-Canal hearing aids are the smallest custom product available. Although small, these hearing aids are still packed with advanced technology that help you hear your best. The next size up but still offering a discreet look is the Completely-in-Canal style.

Choosing invisible

Your hearing care professional can help you determine if an Invisible-in-Canal or Completely-in-Canal style is right for you. The type and degree of hearing loss that you have will play a role in selecting a hearing aid as well as your dexterity, comfort and ability to handle these small hearing aids. Lifestyle factors will also guide the decision.

No matter the style of hearing aid you choose, hearing aids will make a big impact on your ability to converse and engage with the world around you.