Have you heard about invisible hearing aids before? Wondered how exactly they manage to be invisible? An invisible hearing aid is a very tiny unit that is placed into the ear canal itself, thus being invisible to other people. These tiny hearing aids are great for most types of hearing loss, but like most hearing aids, some work great for certain people, while others work great for another group of people. If you find yourself asking “can I wear an invisible hearing aid?” check out these facts about in-the-canal hearing aids that will help you determine if this could be right for you.
- Invisible hearing aids are great for treating mild to moderately-severe hearing loss, however they may not be the best option for treating profound hearing loss. Due to its small size, invisible hearing aids are not as powerful as a behind-the-ear hearing aid. This is largely due to the receiver size and power capacity of the smaller invisible unit.
- If you are looking for a hearing aid that can be worn for months at a time, an invisible hearing aid might be the right fit for you. Most are water resistant and can withstand being worn for months at a time, including in showers. While you won’t want to fully submerge your head in water while wearing an in-the-canal hearing aid, you can enjoy day-to-day activities without worrying about taking out your hearing aid.
- Invisible hearing aids can be hard to pick up for someone with dexterity issues. While they should not become dislodged, accidents happen and being able to pick up and replace your hearing aid immediately versus waiting for your next hearing appointment to get it placed back can cause quality of life issues.
- Invisible hearing aids are very good at minimizing background noise due to their location deep within the ear. They are also great at providing very crisp and clear sounds such as speech sounds.
- Not everyone’s ear canal is built to support an invisible hearing aid comfortably. Your hearing specialist will be able to take an impression of your ear canal to determine if your ear canal can support an invisible hearing aid.
If you are interested in an invisible hearing aid, contact Krista Szalc, Audiology, PLLC. We offer multiple convenient locations the western New York area. Simply find a location and time that works for you, schedule a hearing test, and let your hearing care specialist know that you are interested in learning about your eligibility for an invisible hearing aid. We are happy to work through a personalized hearing loss treatment plan with you, so you are supported every step of the way!