There are many factors that need to be considered when you select a hearing aid to address your hearing loss, and your audiologist will want to explore them with you fully when that happens. But one of the major things that you need to think about is what type of hearing aid you actually want to have and which will most benefit your individual needs.
There are many major types, and one that is worth looking into is the invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aid. Let’s take a look at this, and detail some of the major benefits of this hearing aid type over some other styles.
What is an IIC hearing aid?
First of all, let’s look at the IIC hearing aid in general, and ask: what is it? An IIC hearing aid is most similar in style and size to the completely-in-canal (CIC) device in that they both fit directly into the ear canal. The main difference is that an IIC goes in a little deeper into the canal, making it smaller in size. This means that it is easier to disguise – a hugely important feature for many people.
Subtle and easy to disguise
That ability of being easy to disguise is very important for many people, and it’s the main reason that you might want to get an IIC hearing aid. You can expect a truly subtle and discreet hearing aid with an IIC, so if you don’t want people to know you are wearing a hearing aid, this is definitely the way to go.
It is also one of the most comfortable hearing aids around, due to the fact that it fits perfectly in your ear canal. It is made from a mold of your ear, so it is going to fit as perfectly as humanly possible. That level of comfort means that you will barely notice it’s there – and that can be great when you have to wear it for an extended time.
Natural sound profile
The receiver of an IIC hearing aid is able to interact directly with the eardrum, being so far into the ear canal, which helps it transmit sound to your auditory nerves more directly. That results in a much more natural-sounding profile, which means that it is the closest thing you can get to natural hearing. Many people find this to be incredible after years of wearing other types of hearing aid.
Should you ever need to wear any headgear – such as a motorcycle helmet – you don’t have to be concerned about the hearing aid getting in the way. With some models like those worn behind the ear, this could be an issue – but not with an IIC hearing aid. No matter what you need to do – you can – making the IIC a great option for someone with a plethora of hobbies.
There are many great reasons to choose an IIC hearing aid. If you think you might need one, get in touch with an audiologist today.
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