Invisible Hearing Aids in Melbourne

May 29th 2016

Invisible hearing aids are a popular option for people who need a hearing aid. The so called hidden hearing aids have really had a resurgence in the last few years with many of the hearing device manufacturers introducing them again. As I said, they are popular, but they are not suitable for everyone, let's take a look at the pros and cons of these devices.

Hidden Hearing Aids

Widex IIC (Invisible In Canal) Hearing Aid

The IIC from Widex is small enough to be placed very deep inside the ear canal, making it virtually invisible. Despite its small size, the IIC comes with the famous Widex sound and technology. It benefits from the Widex Sound – natural sound that doesn’t just help users hear speech or loud sounds, but all the sounds around them. 

A Truly Invisible Hearing Aid?

The IIC is placed deep, beyond the second bend of the ear canal. So it is truly an invisible hearing aid. However, the IIC is not for everyone, you must have enough space in your ear canal to accommodate the IIC. Narrow ear canals or sharp bends in the ear canal will rule out the IIC model. Unlike other hearing aids, the Widex IIC has no joined parts and therefore no hard edges – adding extra comfort for hearing aid users.

Who Is The Widex IIC Suitable For?

The IIC is not suitable for everyone for two reasons. As I said the device will only fit certain ear canals, if your ear canal is too narrow or has too tight a bend it probably isn't suitable. If you produce excessive wax in your ear canals or have perforated eardrums, then again, these are not the hearing solutions for you. In these cases other types of discreet hearing aids may be more advisable to consider.

The Widex IIC is available in three technology levels, IIC 10, IIC 5 and IIC 3+ .

Widex Invisible Hearing Aids
The Widex IIC (Invisible in Canal) Hearing Aids

Outstanding features of the IIC include:

  • Perfect fit: each IIC hearing aid is custom made to ensure a perfect fit

  • Better localisation: tight fit means users can better determine where sounds are coming from

  • All-purpose use: can be worn in all listening situations

  • Durability: all components are contained in one unit making it extremely durable

  • More comfort: no joined parts mean there are no hard edges

The IIC model is available in the MENU hearing aid family.

Phonak Nano Hearing Aids

The Phonak Nano is more than just a tiny hearing aid. It is the perfect combination of hearing performance and minimum size. Phonak produce a custom crafted hearing aid to fit entirely in your ear canal, using computer-aided design and the latest generation of advanced materials. Comfort is guaranteed while delivering the typical outstanding Phonak sound quality.

Due to the deep position in the ear canal, the Phonak Nano, like other hearing aids of its type, uses the natural shape of the ear to transmit sound to the microphone which means excellent directional hearing, as well as virtual invisibility.

Phonak Invisible Hearing Aids
The Phonak Nano Invisible Hearing Aids

Invisible hearing aid in placeA Truly invisible Hearing Aid?

The Nano sits deep in the ear canal, the front of the hearing device is in permanent shadow because of the depth it sits at. It is deep enough into the ear canal to be to all intents and purposes is an invisible hearing aid. 

Who is the Phonak Nano suitable for?

The Nano is not suitable for everyone for the same reasons as all of the other hidden hearing aids. The device will only fit certain dimensions of ear canal, if your ear canal is too narrow or has too tight a bend it might not be suitable. Waxy ear canals or perforated eardrums are also an issue as well. Again, in these cases there are other discreet hearing aids from Phoank that may be more advisable to consider.

Outstanding features of the Phonak Nano include:

  • Perfect fit: each IIC hearing aid is custom made to ensure a perfect fit

  • Better localisation: tight fit means users can better determine where sounds are coming from

  • All-purpose use: can be worn in all listening situations

  • Durability: all components are contained in one unit making it extremely durable

  • More comfort: no joined parts mean there are no hard edges

Oticon Invisible Hearing Aids

The first ever IIC with wireless technology

Would you like a hearing device that no one else can see? Oticon IIC is designed to be unnoticeable to everyone else, and unnoticeable to you, too. Up until now, the ultra-compact IIC has come at the price of reduced features and limited use cases. Not anymore. Oticon's new IIC instruments with wireless technology make it possible to combine all the benefits of invisible hearing aids, outstanding listening performance, wireless access to communication and entertainment and the optional remote control.

An Invisible Solution

This is Oticon’s most invisible hearing solution. It is shaped to fit so snugly deep inside your ear that no one will see it, or even realise you are wearing it. It means that you can keep your hearing loss a secret, and enjoy the many benefits of modern hearing care, without any noticeable change to your appearance.

Not only is it invisible to everyone else, Oticon IIC is designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle, so that nothing gets in the way of your regular daily routines. It blends inconspicuously and completely into your lifestyle, so that you can continue to play an active part in life. The sound level adapts automatically as sounds and places change throughout the day, so you will always have the sound you need to participate on an equal footing with everyone else.

Oticon invisible hearing aidsOticon IIC will also have minimum impact on the rest of your lifestyle – fitted inside your ear, it will not affect your use of headsets or telephones, nor how you wear your glasses, or even how you do your hair. As it is placed deep inside the ear, Oticon IIC captures sound in the same way that your ears were designed to do. Based on Oticon’s premium hearing aid technology, Inium Sense, and available at three technology levels to suit all budgets, it gently preserves and amplifies sounds so that what you hear is always clear – and you will be able to participate confidently in all situations.

access to communication and entertainment and the optional remote control.

Oticon Connect Line wireless accessories for hearing aids

Oticon ConnectLine

Oticon’s intelligent wireless connectivity solution offers a direct connection to devices such as telephones, TVs or remote microphones, playing these sounds directly through your hearing aids so you can hear them as clearly as possible without upsetting or interfering with the listening of others around you. In this way, you can adjust whatever you are listening to and enjoy sounds as you like, directly into your ears through the hearing aids.

The wireless system helps you choose the input with minimal steps or adjustments and makes the process as easy as possible. Answering your mobile phone is as easy as pressing one button. In addition, some listening conditions end up easier than for listeners with normal hearing. For example, you can easily listen to the telephone in both ears, something conventional telephones do not offer you.

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