The Pros and Cons of Invisible Hearing Aids
For first-time hearing aid wearers, the appearance of hearing aids is a major factor in deciding whether or not to seek treatment for hearing loss. Despite the benefits offered by the latest hearing technology, people can be so self-conscious about wearing hearing devices that they postpone seeing an audiologist.
Fortunately, modern hearing aids offer a discreet solution to hearing loss. If you’re concerned about the impact hearing devices could have on your appearance, you may want to consider wearing invisible hearing aids.
Packing state-of-the-art technology into minuscule devices, invisible hearing aids combine fantastic functionality and subtle styling. So discreet that even you’ll forget you’re wearing them, in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids will improve your auditory experience without being visible.
What are invisible hearing aids?
Designed to be undetectable, invisible hearing aids sit entirely within the ear canal. As there are no components on or around your ear, people around you won’t even realise you’re using a hearing device when you’re wearing them.
Many people assume hearing aids are the noticeable, chunky devices of old which can be seen from a distance. Understandably, first-time hearing aid wearers are often reluctant to wear any devices that sit on the outside of the ear. Indeed, many would rather cope with limited hearing rather than wear such a hearing aid.
Invisible hearing aids, such as Signia Silk Nx give hearing aid wearers complete control over their appearance. One of the smallest hearing devices on the market, Silk Nx fits snuggly within your ear canal and is almost invisible to the naked eye.
Are invisible hearing aids right for you?
If you’re conscious of wearing visible hearing devices, invisible hearing aids may seem like the obvious solution. With exceptional functionality and an almost imperceptible design, you certainly won’t have any worries about anyone noticing your hearing aids.
However, small hearing aids aren’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. While there are no downsides to wearing ITE hearing aids, it’s important to evaluate whether invisible hearing devices offer the type of functionality you’re looking for.
ITE hearing aids are typically suitable for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, for example. Due to their limited size, they’re not as beneficial for people with more severe hearing loss. In addition to this, small hearing aids can be trickier to handle. When you’re replacing your hearing aid batteries, for example, the smaller the device; the more dexterity you’ll need. If you have vision and/or co-ordination issues, invisible hearing aids may not be the best choice for you.
When you’re wearing hearing aids, it’s essential that they’re comfortable. Poorly fitting hearing devices won’t just deliver subpar sound quality, they could irritate your ears and cause on-going frustration. Although invisible hearing aids are supremely comfortable, they may not suit the shape of your ears. If your ear canals are short or narrow, for example, an in-ear device may not sit comfortably. By visiting your audiologist, however, you can trial a number of different hearing aids to find the best fitting device for you.
If you want to try the latest hearing technology and find invisible hearing aids to fit your needs, find your nearest hearing care provider with our store locator now.
What are the alternatives to invisible hearing aids?
If invisible hearing aids aren’t the right fit for you, there’s no need to despair. There is a wide range of small hearing aids that are stylish and inconspicuous. For people with more severe hearing loss, a behind-the-ear device can be more effective in enhancing auditory experiences.
With the new Styletto Connect, you can combine advanced functionality with contemporary style. Available in a range of colors, Styletto Connect looks more like an extension of a smartphone or watch than a hearing aid. Its award-winning design combines sleek, unobtrusive components with a modern, clean finish. This isn’t just a hearing aid you’ll feel comfortable wearing, it’s a hearing accessory you’ll want people to see!
Finding the right hearing device for you
Choosing the right hearing aids is the key to enhancing your hearing function and feeling confident. With so many options to choose from, it’s important to seek advice from an audiologist. As well as assessing your current hearing function and diagnosing hearing issues, an audiologist can help you to identify which type of hearing devices offer the functionality and visual appeal you’re after.
When it comes to features, for example, you’ll find that ITE hearing aids don’t have quite as much functionality as other styles. Due to their reduced size, there simply isn’t room to pack as much technology into them. As a result, invisible hearing aids can have a slightly shorter battery life than behind the ear options.
Similarly, the way sound is captured differs between in-the-ear and behind-the-ear devices. As ITE hearing devices sit entirely within the ear canal, sound is collected naturally in the eardrum before being amplified. This means you won’t have the benefit of directional microphones. If your hearing loss makes it tricky to follow a conversation in busy or crowded environments, directional microphones can have a significant impact on hearing function.
In addition to this, behind-the-ear hearing aids offer a wide range of features, such as Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls, audio and TV streaming, Own Voice Processing for the most natural-sounding own voice, tinnitus therapies and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Choosing the best hearing aids for you with Signia
While invisible hearing aids still offer an impressive range of features, there can be a trade-off in terms of size vs. functionality. While ITE hearing devices also offer remote control and tinnitus therapy, you may miss out on extra-long battery life and Bluetooth connectivity.
Of course, everyone is different, and the importance of specific features varies accordingly. If discretion is your top priority, then invisible hearing aids are hard to beat. Alternatively, if you want to enhance your connectivity and use the latest tech alongside your hearing devices, then stylish behind-the-ear hearing aids may be the right choice for you.
To find out which style of hearing aid you prefer, use the Signia store locator and visit your nearest hearing care professional today.