Truly invisible hearing aids are fit deeply into the ear canal. Phonak makes the Lyric and it is semipermanently fit into the ear canal by an audiologist. It is not a custom fit, but there are many sizes. Starkey and Phonak can make a custom IIC (Invisible In the Canal) hearing aid after an audiologist makes a very deep mold of the ear canal.
I’d like to note that there are some restrictions and medical contraindications that restrict some patients from these types of hearing aids. First, the degree of hearing loss. Some people have normal low frequency hearing, which can cause their voice to sound boomy and unnatural while wearing this style of hearing aid. Also, a great deal of hearing loss can reduce a person’s chances of hearing optimally with very small IIC hearing aids. Second, the size of the ear canal can sometimes restrict the ability to fit the device deep enough into the canal for it to not be seen from any angle. Third, if the patient has a high incidence to outer ear infections and/or draining ears, he/she would be discouraged from pursuing this style of hearing aid.
I highly recommend you make an appointment with an audiologist in your area to find out what style of hearing aid would be best for you and your lifestyle.
I hope you find this information helpful.
Truly 'invisible' hearing aids fit deeply into the ear canal. Phonak makes a product called Lyric, which is an extended wear device and placed into the ear canal by an audiologist. Several manufacturers also make IIC (invisible-in-the-ear) devices that may be barely visible. The visibility of most hearing devices is ultimately determined by the size and shape of the ear canal. If cosmetics are the most important factor when selecting a hearing instrument, this should be an honest discussion between you and your audiologist.
There are many options and styles when considering hearing devices, most of which are barely visible on or in the ear. Lyric, however, is a "truly invisible" hearing device made by the manufacturer Phonak. It's a 24/7 device that is placed deep in the ear canal by an audiologist and is worn for several weeks at a time. Although this device is not made custom, it comes in many sizes. Your audiologist will size and fit you as appropriate. There are some contraindications to using Lyric, such as radiation therapy to the head or neck and/or middle ear pathologies. If Lyric is not appropriate for you or your hearing loss, there are several different IIC devices to choose from. IICs or "invisible-in-the-canal" hearing devices fit snug in the ear canal. These devices are made custom and are removed from the ear every night. The best way to find out what works for you and fits your needs is to make an appointment with your audiologist. He or she will let you know what you are a candidate for and help you on your journey to better hearing. Best of luck!
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