Some people who experience hearing loss want complete discretion of their hearing aids. This is typically for convenience and comfortable living. The smallest hearing aid device on the market is invisible-in-canal (IIC) devices. 

What Are IIC Hearing Aids?

IIC hearing aids are invisible in canal devices. These are the smallest on the market and are practically entirely invisible. 

Unlike other hearing aid devices, these offer natural sounds that are amplified. IIC hearing aids allow your ear to conduct its natural function and are best suited for mild hearing loss. 

The features and idea behind IIC hearing aids are very similar to completely-in-canal (CIC) devices. Yet, the IIC hearing aids are smaller and more discreet. They are invisible to anyone who would look down your ear. 

Who Are IIC Hearing Aids For?

IIC hearing aids are ideal for those with mild hearing loss. They allow the ear to function as normal. The use of them is to amplify sounds that enter the eardrum. Thus, they would not be useful for those experiencing more severe levels of hearing loss. 

Due to their smaller size, the IIC style of hearing aid may also not be suitable for those with dexterity or visual impairment. They can be more difficult to take in and out, which will be unsuitable for those with impairments. However, they can be easy to get used to and if you prefer invisible hearing aids, the IIC style will be great for your needs.

What are the Pros and Cons of IIC Hearing Aids?

With IIC hearing aids being one of the most newly developed styles of the device, there are some more cons than other devices. The key benefits of the IIC hearing aids are their discretion. As they are invisible for anyone to see, nobody would be aware that someone is wearing them. Their position within the ear means that they will not interfere with daily living. 

Furthermore, they are comfortable to wear and offer natural sounds. Wind noise is almost entirely reduced as they are so snug within the ear. Another benefit is that users can easily detect which direction sounds are coming from. IIC hearing aids allow a natural sound profile and the noise is not channeled into the ear like they are with larger hearing aids. Thus, users can identify which direction sounds are coming from. This enhances their convenience and ability to carry on with life as close to normal as possible. 

Due to their smaller size, there are some downfalls of IIC hearing aids. The smaller device means there is less room for long battery life and powerful sound amplification. Although some users may not need a lot of sound amplification, some users do. Therefore, the limited space for features may not be ideal for those with greater hearing needs. 

As the battery life is limited, the IIC hearing aids will require more maintenance. They will require charging more regularly. 

Additionally, as they are close to earwax, they are more likely to pick up bacteria and wax. Thus, they will also require cleaning more regularly too.