Technology appears to be ever decreasing in size, from mobile phones to video game consoles, are we really shocked to find that hearing aids are getting smaller too? Here we explore the tiny pieces of technology that pack a punch in the world of hearing and how they compare to more traditional style models.
Invisible hearing aids, also known as Invisible In Canal hearing aids (IIC), pack tons of technology into a tiny device. They’re so small and unnoticeable that you and the people around you won’t even realise they’re there. They are custom-fitted so that they sit comfortably within your ear canal and are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
These incredible devices are capable of differentiating between a variety of sounds and environments, adjusting to suit you, allowing you to hear to the best of your ability.
Phonak Virto B-Titanium: The smallest of its kind
The smallest ever in-ear custom hearing aid is created by Phonak and offers incredible technology for its size. Featuring built-in AutoSense OS software, the Phonak Virto B-Titanium hearing aids adapt to your environment, providing optimum hearing quality wherever you are, while remaining virtually invisible.
What’s best for me?
The most suitable hearing aid for you may very well be the tiny yet powerful Phonak Virto B-Titanium, but if not, that doesn’t mean to say there isn’t a wide variety of different hearing aids for you to explore. There will be a variety of factors that your audiologist considers when determining the best hearing aid for you, including: size, fit, style, technology, lifestyle and your budget.
Hidden hearing aids vs visible hearing aids:
As mentioned, the IIC hearing aids are the best at being discreet, while maintaining the same level of hearing support as the slightly larger, more visible models. They are a great option if you suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. Another option may be Completely In Canal (CIC) hearing aids. They tend to be slightly larger than IIC hearing aids, though they are still discreet. These hearing aids offer built-in Bluetooth technology, meaning you can stay connected with all your devices. The CIC hearing aids are suitable for those with moderate hearing loss.
A slightly larger choice of hearing aid would be the In The Canal (ITC) Half Shell hearing aids. They too are discreetly fitted within the ear canal, however, their slightly larger design means they’re much easier to put in and take out. Alongside the Half Shell there is the In The Ear (ITE) Full Shell hearing aid, these are custom-moulded hearing aids, ideal for individuals with more severe hearing loss. They maintain a more discreet design while offering greater amplification than other hidden hearing aids.
In comparison, visible hearing aids tend to sit behind the ear, for example, The Receiver In Canal (RIC) hearing aids. RIC hearing aids are suitable for a wide range of hearing losses and are very popular due to their ease of use and incredible level of technology. Another example of slightly larger hearing aids are the Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids. Their larger size makes them very easy to use, suitable for more severe levels of hearing loss, offering even greater amplification and clarity.
The type of hearing aid that is best for you depends entirely on your individual needs. Your audiologist will talk you through each option to ensure you make the best decision to suit you and your lifestyle.