What is an ‘Invisible’ Hearing Aid?

Published 30 October 2017  | Updated 07 December 2022  | 2 mins read


After your free hearing assessment, it may have been brought to light that you need hearing aids. As if this wasn’t enough to get your head around, you now have a world of information to consider: mobile apps, chargeable batteries, settings, water resistance… so many things that come in to play when looking for hearing aids that fit your lifestyle. This can seem overwhelming, but our friendly audiologists are qualified to help you through every step of the way.

Whilst considering the many options, an ‘invisible’ hearing aid may have come up. This is an ideal style of hearing aid for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. They are a nice subtle option for those new to hearing aids, as they are the most discreet available – those around you won’t even notice that you’re wearing them!

An invisible hearing aid is also known as ‘Invisible In Canal’ or IIC hearing aids, which means the entire hearing aid fits perfectly inside your ear canal, almost as though it’s ‘invisible’, and can’t be seen externally.

Don’t let their size deceive you – they may be tiny, but they are certainly powerful. With automatic settings to adapt to your environment, you won’t have to adjust them every time you go from the peace of your home to the bustle of outside. Most of them even come with smartphone apps, so you can still listen to music and take calls from your phone. Models such as Oticon Alta2 hearing aids can even connect to your TV, streaming audio directly to your hearing aids –meaning you can watch TV at a volume comfortable not only for you but for your family as well.

If comfort is something you’re concerned about, invisible hearing aids are a great option. Phonak Virto-B hearing aids is made from titanium, an incredibly lightweight, hypoallergenic metal that will sit effortlessly in your ear. IIC hearing aids are custom made to fit the shape of your ear perfectly, so you can wear them comfortably all day.

If you had any questions about hearing aid options, any of our qualified audiologists will be able to help you find the perfect solution for you. You can visit your local THCP branch, or book an appointment online to start your journey to better hearing.