Invisible Hearing Aids
Also known as IIC’s
Custom made invisible-in-canal hearing aids are colloquially known as IIC’s.
As a result of new micro-components being designed and the use of the latest 3 dimensional computer aided design and 3D laser printing technology IIC digital hearing aids are now being made smaller than ever before and also more precise fitting results.
Some IIC (invisible in canal) hearing aids may now be made as ‘wireless compatible‘ – BUT this may compromise the size of the hearing aid to the point they are not actually IIC’s. (‘Wireless compatible’ meaning being capable of streaming wireless audio signal – more info here).
All hearing aid styles explained here
Invisible Hearing Aids currently available
Starkey Soundlens iQ Synergy
Starkey made the first IIC invisible hearing aids – called the Starkey Otolens. The Soundlens iQ is high performing with excellent feedback suppression, and comes in 5 faceplate colour options.
The Soundlens iQ are available as wireless compatible hearing aids and can work with all Surflink accessories – but this will make them slightly bigger
GN Resound LiNX-3D IIC
Resound have been late joining the race for producing IIC invisible hearing aids, but sometimes this pays off as they get to monitor the pro’s and con’s of other suppliers IIC products. Resound have ultimately come up with a great discreet option that offers good sound processing, good feedback suppression, reliability and discreet results.
Made from titanium using 3D printing technology. The smallest aid on the market as of April 2017.
Increased fit success rate for smaller ear canals, stronger shell for increased durability, high level of technology. For those with small ear canals or who break their hearing aids all too easily! Now available in 3 faceplate colour options.
Phonak Nano – invisible in canal hearing aids
Phonak’s first venture into IIC hearing aids was very successful. The Nano is very small and now incorporates a push button in the battery door for extra programmes without sacrificing on size. The Phonak Nano is available in 3 technology levels and 5 faceplate colours.
Signia Insio IIC (formerly Siemens)
Signia Insio IIC is a good option for those seeking invisible hearing aids with high performance. Using the latest Nx chipset the Insio IIC has up to 48 sound processing channels which gives excellent speech clarity and feedback suppression. Available as wireless option.
Signia Silk is a modular (off the shelf) hearing aid, available in three technology levels, that can be fit to differing losses and patients ear size using different click domes that fit onto the end of the hearing aid. The only gain over custom products is that they are quick to fit, and they may suit a high frequency loss well due to reduction in occlusion.
Signia Silk are now available as a wireless CROS hearing aid solution for single sided deafness
Unitron Micro IIC / invisible hearing aids
The Unitron Micro IIC is made on the same production line as the Phonak Virto Nano, using the same technology and the same people, and even the same chipset! The difference is in the programming of the chipset, and the Unitron Micro offers an excellent option, albeit just a lesser know brand name.
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Oticon IIC – invisible hearing aids
Oticon’s IIC invisible hearing aids are now available in their latest OPN and SIYA hearing aid range, and are smaller than ever before using new micro components. Oticon IIC’s comes in 5 faceplate colour options which makes these IIC’s an excellent choice for smaller ears. Now available as wireless version IIC’s, but these will be slightly larger as they require a signal receiver.
Widex Menu IIC / Invisible hearing aids
Widex came into the market of invisible hearing aids with the Widex Menu IIC. Widex use one of the fastest chipsets on the market giving excellent sound fidelity, often referred to as the Widex sound. We haven’t fit many of their IIC’s but recommend their latest products with full confidence in terms of performance.
Crystal Hearing can supply all invisible hearing aids via our clinic in Marlow – facilitating all areas in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire including High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Henley, Beaconsfield.