Invisible Hearing Aids
The hearing aid industry has been promoting invisible hearing aids for a long time now, but not until recently have they actually become invisible. Now almost all the major manufacturers have some sort of truly invisible option, the next question is, will it be the best option for your hearing loss. Here are some pro's and con's to the newest invisible hearing aids today.
Pro's of invisible hearing aids:
- It's an invisible hearing aid !
- Invisible hearing aids typically sit closer to the tympanic membrane (ear drum), which can improve sound quality
- Deep fitting hearing aids (past the second bend, in the bony area of the ear canal) help eliminate the occlusion effect (stuffed up feeling in the head when you plug your ears)
- Some invisible hearing aids can be worn in the shower or wet environments
- Some invisible hearing aids last up to 3 months on one battery
Con's of invisible hearing aids:
- Invisible hearing aid prices are typically among the highest prices
- Most invisible hearing aids require a minimum ear canal size/volume which means that the majority of people cannot wear them due to their ears canals being to small
- Limited hearing range. Invisible hearing aids cannot typically fit severe or profound hearing losses and sometimes cannot even fit moderate/severe hearing loss (which is a very common level of hearing loss)
- Invisible hearing aids battery life is very poor with most models
- Some invisible hearing aids have a annual cost to them ranging from $2,400 per set/per year on up to $3,400 per set/per year, which is significantly higher than the cost of a standard hearing aid over a five year period
Some of the manufacturers that have invisible hearing aids available are:
Starkey, Lyric, Phonak, Siemens, Miracle-Ear, Audibel, and Unitron
So what's the best choice for me?
As with anything in life, we have to look at the problem and the solution relative to our own life and lifestyle. Invisible hearing aids can be wonderful for the right person, but just because it works well for one person doesn't mean that it's the best choice for you. There are a vast variety of hearing aids today that are discrete, comfortable, and nearly invisible, but without the large Con's list that invisible hearing aids come with.
The best recommendation we can give is to go to a local hearing health care professional and talk to them about your options. Consultations are free with any of Hearing Aids Direct's hearing aid providers so if you're curious about invisible hearing aids, call us today and we'll schedule you with a local hearing healthcare provider.
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Disclaimer - Information about cost, battery life, and any detail about invisible hearing aids in this article vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. All data will vary from user to user. For full details on specific cost, battery life, and all other details, contact Hearing Aids Direct or a local reseller.