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Invisible Hearing Aids From The Biggest Hearing Aid Brands

The latest hidden hearing aids from the best hearing aid manufacturers

The World's Smallest Hearing Aids

They are hugely popular with the buying public and every hearing aid brand has one on offer. They are known by as many different names as there are hearing aid companies, invisible in canal, invisible hearing aids, IIC, but most of the public just call them the hidden hearing aids. So we decided that it was long past time we put together one single resource that talked about what is available and from who.

What are invisible hearing aids 

Invisible hearing aids are very deep fitting in the ear hearing devices, they are designed to fit deep within the ear canal. The hearing aid cannot be seen, hence the name invisible. Invisible hearing aids have been around for a long time, however, the first manufacturer to introduce modern invisible hearing aids was Starkey. With the introduction of their SoundLens being the impetus for other hearing device manufacturers to introduce an invisible device. Each and every manufacturer has now introduced an invisible hearing aid option. 

Not Suitable For Everyone

This type of device is not suitable for everyone, while the hearing loss needs to be suitable, the biggest factor is the size and shape of your ear canal. If your ear canal is either too small, too narrow or too awkward, you won't be suitable for these hearing aids.

 

Virto V Nano

All of the following hearing devices are available in several levels of hearing device technology

Phonak

Virto B Invisible Hearing Aids

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. 

Virto B-10-NW O

Virto B-10 NW O

  • Custom Product
  • Mild to severe hearing loss
  • Battery: 10 zinc air
  • Truly invisible
  • Non Wireless
  • Omni-Directional

Phonak

Virto B-Titanium Invisible Hearing Aids

As part of a raft of introductions in 2017, Phonak announced that they were introducing a new Virto hearing aid type as part of their Virto Belong range. The Belong range is Phonak's latest platform and it is the first ever range with a titanium shelled hearing aid.

Virto B-Titanium

A Titanium Shell

The named the hearing aid as the Virto B-Titanium and said it will be the most discreet in-ear device they have ever made. Using titanium for the shell instead of the usual hard acrylic offers them many benefits including the fact that they are probably the toughest hearing aids ever made. This is the first time ever that titanium has been used in the manufacture of a custom hearing aid. The metal has real advantages over traditional materials. 

Will Fit More People Than Ever

The material is exceptionally strong, which allows Phonak to make the shell much thinner than ever before with even more strength. This combined with new component design allows them to deliver an invisible hearing device that they say will fit 68% more ears. 

The deep position in the ear canal of the device will allow the hearing aid to use the natural shape of the ear to funnel sound to the microphone. This strategy has always proved to deliver excellent directional hearing.

Levels of technology

The Virto B-Titanium will only be available in the 90 and 70 level of technology. It will run the latest version of their os and it is a fully automatic hearing aid. 

Resound

Resound LiNX 3D LTIIC (Invisible In Canal Hearing Aid)

Resound LiNX 3D LTIIC

Resound have just introduced a brand new platform called the LiNX 3D. It is an upgrade to their exceptionally popular LiNX 2 Made For iPhone hearing aids.

The platform is a full range of hearing aid styles with one being an invisible hearing aid. The LTIIC is the smallest of the LiNX 3D custom hearing aids. Because it is so small you will lose some of the benefits of the technology.

However, that is always the trade off for discretion. The device is available with only one level of receiver power, the LP. It will only cover hearing losses to a max 70 dB in the low frequencies and 85 dB in the high frequencies.

Suitability

The suitability for this device is also based on the size of your ear canal. If your canal is too small, you won't be able to avail of it. If your hearing loss is close to 70 in the lows and 85 in the highs, you won't be able to avail of it.

It can not have a push button or volume control, but the devices all have smart start which gives you a couple of seconds to get it in your ear before it comes on. But you lose out on the direct audio streaming, no ear to ear communication, and no wireless accessories. The battery size on this aid is size 10.

Feature Set

The feature set of the device is as follows.

  • Up to 17 channels of compression depending on tech level
  • Environmental Classifier
  • Environmental Optimizer II
  • Noise Tracker II
  • Expansion
  • Sound Shaper
  • DFS Ultra III with Music Mode
  • Auto DFS
  • Acceptance Manager
  • Tinnitus Sound Generator

Widex

The Widex IIC

Widex IIC invisible hearing aidThe 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.

 

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

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

Oticon

Oticon Invisible Hearing Aids

Oticon invisible hearing aids

Oticon has designed their IIC range to be unnoticeable to everyone else, and unnoticeable to you, too. Oticon's new IIC instruments with wireless technology make it possible to combine all the benefits of invisible hearing aids, outstanding listening performance with wireless access to communication and entertainment and the optional remote control.

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. The sound level adapts automatically to sounds and places as they change throughout the day, so you will always have the sound you need to participate.

Oticon 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.

First Ever Wireless Invisible Hearing Aid

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, and wireless connectivity, what more could you want?

Starkey

Starkey SoundLens Synergy Invisible Hearing Aid

SoundLens hearing aidStarkey introduced the SoundLens several years ago, in fact, I believe it was the first of the current crop of invisible hearing aids. They to have been updating the technology within their invisible hearing aid offering. Recently the made the device even smaller and they added a second wireless invisible hearing aid to the lineup. The wireless version of the SoundLens is no bigger than the older SoundLens type, so it will be a discreet deep-fitting hearing aid. 

The SoundLens Synergy is available in three technology levels, the top of the range i2400, the mid-range i2000 and the entry level i1600. SoundLens Synergy is Starkey's most-advanced invisible hearing aids on the market. Custom fit your exact needs and unique ear canal shape, they rest comfortably deep in your ear, so only you know they’re there. SoundLens Synergy comes loaded with all of their leading technology. They were the first and most popular custom-fit Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) hearing aids ever made. At the heart of SoundLens is Starkey’s new Synergy platform with twin compressor technology and a high-definition operating system, Acuity OS.

Connect To Your World

The wireless connectivity gives you the ability to connect to all of the devices you use every day. Connect to your mobile phone or any of the Starkey Wireless Accessory products while wearing the most discreet hearing aids available.

Let's Talk Styles

The Starkey SoundLens Synergy comes in two styles

Starkey SoundLens Wireless

Wireless (invisible-in-canal), slightly larger than the non-wireless device but no bigger than the original SoundLens, which means it is a truly invisible hearing aid. 

Starkey SoundLens Non-Wireless

non-wireless (invisible-in-canal), the smallest of the two devices

Signia

Insio Primax IIC

This is a late addition to the article, Siemens introduced the Insio Primax IIC this year 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. 

Wireless Invisible Hearing Aid

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. 

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