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Invisible hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are more discreet than ever. In fact, there are now hearing aids available which are almost invisible to the eye. Learn how these miniature hearing aids provide both a discreet look and a high-quality listening experience.

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What are invisible hearing aids?

Invisible hearing aids, otherwise known as small or discreet hearing aids, sit inside your ear so that they are invisible to the naked eye. 

Invisible or discreet hearing aids are the perfect hearing device for anybody with mild to moderate hearing loss. They also provide a solution for anybody who is image conscious and reluctant to wear an alternative model of hearing aid, as well as being a more practical solution for those who wear glasses or face masks.

 These hearing aids are composed of a single plastic shell which houses the modern technology necessary to make these hearing aids highly effective. The rechargeable battery which powers the device is also stored within this shell and there are no external tubes or wires.

Depending on whether your chosen model of hearing aid is in stock, you might be able to have them fitted on the same day as your hearing test. If your hearing aids need to be ordered in, it can take up to five days for an open-fit or up to two weeks for a custom-made product.

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What is the best small hearing aid?

One of the smallest invisible hearing aids is the invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) style. It fits completely inside the ear canal.

The Oticon Opn IIC is invisible in 8 out of 10 users' ears, offering excellent sound quality - without compromising on the latest digital technology.

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Advantages and disadvantages of our discreet, invisible hearing aids

Several factors determine whether invisible hearing aids are suitable for you:

  • The level of your hearing loss.
  • The shape of your ear canal.
  • Personal preferences about hearing aids are all factors, that should be considered. 

Below you can get overview of the most common pros and cons of invisible hearing aids.

 Advantages Disadvantages 
Small, discreet style  Shorter battery life 
Less likely to pick up wind noise  Controls are harder to see and feel 
More natural sound experience  Not suitable for all ear canal shapes 
No external tubes / wires Challenging to handle for those with dexterity issues  
Custom-fitted (more comfortable for most users) No binaural coordination possible between your two hearing aids 
  No Bluetooth® connectivity available and it is not available with rechargeable batteries

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