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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.

What are invisible hearing aids?

Invisible hearing aids sit inside your ear so that they are almost invisible to the naked eye. Perhaps most impressive is that the advanced digital technology in these hearing aids fits into such a small device.

Invisible hearing aids are custom-fitted to your ear canal, and they contain no external tubes and wires.

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What is the best invisible hearing aid?

One of the smallest almost 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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Invisible hearing aids: advantages and disadvantages

Several elements determine whether almost invisible hearing aids are suitable for you. The level of your hearing loss, the shape of your ear canal, and your personal preferences about hearing aids should all be considered. 

Below you can get an 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
  Not available with rechargeable batteries 

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Bobbie McCue
Dr. Bobbie McCue
Au.D., Lic. #1301, Hearing Instrument Specialist Lic. #859
Bobbie McCue, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University; a Gerontology Certification from West Virginia University; her master’s degree in Audiology from The University of Akron; and her doctorate degree in Audiology from Salus University. 

Dr. McCue has been a practicing audiologist for more than 20 years, with experience in a variety of clinical settings. She enjoys having dedicated time to spend one-on-one with patients and their family members to reach the common goal of enhancing the communication process with improved hearing.