Invisible hearing aids are immensely popular, it seems everyone would like the small hidden hearing aid that goes in your ear. They have their pros and cons, and they certainly aren't for everyone, however, they like other hearing aids have got better at what they do in the past few years.
Let's take a look at what is available from the leading hearing aid brands right now.
Siemens introduced the Insio Primax IIC as part of the Primax introduction. It is, in fact, the most powerful invisible hearing aid available covering hearing losses well into the severe range. It is available in three levels of technology the 7px, the 5px and the 3px.
The Insio Primax is also a wireless invisible hearing aid.
We have general details about Invisible Hearing Aids and other types of devices in our consumer hearing aid advice guide. It also details technology levels and features of hearing instruments in clear and easy to understand language.
Signia have had instant fit custom hearing aids in the past, however, they say that Silk is the first completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid that’s both almost invisible and ready to wear. The device was a new offering on their Primax chipset and is designed to fit up to 80% of all ear canals. While the device is labelled a CIC, for some lucky people it is actually an invisible hearing aid.
The device is a modular type hearing aid that uses a flexible Click Sleeve to provide an immediate and comfortable fit. There are several sizes of click sleeves to fit as many ears as possible.
The Click Sleeves are made of soft silicone and are available in six different types which allow the device to fit in the majority of ear canals and to fit the majority of hearing losses. With the right Click Sleeve in place, the hearing aid sits quite deep in the canal making the device either invisible or almost invisible.
Because Silk is powered by Signia’s Primax platform, users of the device can benefit from all of the outstanding features of that platform including their binaural OneMic directionality system and all of the other features that the Primax chipset offers. The device is also wireless so you can use your smartphone to adjust your hearing aids via the Signia touchControl™ app, and wirelessly stream virtually any audio device with the optional easyTek™ accessory.
The IIC is small enough to be placed very deep inside the ear canal, making it invisible. This combined with the famous fantastic sound quality of Widex makes this a superior option. It is based on the Widex Menu technology which is a slightly older technology, however, it still benefits from some outstanding Widex technology and sound. The Widex IIC is placed deep into the ear canal so no part of it can be seen.
Features of the IIC include:
Phonak have now introduced the full range of their new Virto B in the ear products. They say that they are custom-made to perfectly fit in your ear, Phonak Virto B is the world’s first hearing aids with Biometric Calibration, which take your individual ear anatomy and hearing needs into account. That's an interesting description.
They say that they will identify over 1600 biometric data points in and on your ear, and the unique calibration settings are calculated for each Virto B hearing aid. In this way, Virto B is able to more reliably sense where a sound is coming from, thereby giving you access to a better hearing performance.
Phonak is the first ever hearing aid manufacturer to carefully map the outer ear to take advantage of its natural abilities. They say that the new process will deliver a 2dB signal to noise ratio improvement. Basically means it will make the signal 2dB higher than the noise. Giving you a better opportunity to hear what you want to hear.
2dB doesn't sound like much but combined with all the other strategies that Phonak use it will be a marked improvement. Phonak Virto B is available in six models which will include an invisible hearing aid option. It will be available in the usual four levels of technology, the 90, 70, 50 and 30.