When it comes to most technology, size matters. Phones should be thinner, computers should be lighter, and hearing aids should be smaller. This is where Completely in Canal hearing aids (CIC) enter the picture. CIC devices go completely within the ear canal, making them virtually invisible to the eye. They generally have a small tab or handle making removal and placement simple. They can be a good option for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Here are some of the most popular models from 2017.
Signia Silk Primax
These discreet hearing aids are marketed to the first-time buyer because of their simplicity and lack of required specification. The bulk of the hearing aid is the actual amplification device with a sleeve to go around the device. The sleeves come in three different sizes, are made of silicone, and rotate between open and closed. The device works right out of the box without any adjustments from an audiologist. Signia also offers easyTek, which is a multi-function button that connects to Bluetooth and hangs around the user’s neck. This is one way to improve the quality of the hearing experience and engage more with technology. Cost for the pair with a remote is around $2,000.
Starkey SoundLens Synergy
This invisible hearing aid is unique because it allows a transition from unassisted hearing to the use of hearing aids. The function allows the brain to get used to the idea of altered sound waves, which makes the changeover more seamless. The technology within the device has a special design that improves the clarity of quiet sounds while muffling distorted loud sounds. Even better, this hearing aid never whistles at the user! The last benefit of this particular hearing aid is the Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, which diminishes ringing in the ear. One pair with a three-year warranty also comes in around $2,000.
Phonak Virto B
The Phonak Virto B is calibrated and shaped to the individual ear to improve the hearing experience. This specialization makes the hearing aids more comfortable, though more testing and measuring is necessary through an audiologist. 1600 biometric data points are measured to allow the hearing aid to pick up on the distance, tone, and volume of sounds in relation to the ear canal. The invisible hearing aid also comes in a variety of colors to make it even more discreet. There are six different versions of the model, allowing for further specification. Depending on specifications, a pair will cost between $1,800 and $2,500.
Audicus Uno Invisible
This tiny, invisible hearing aid has auto-adapt technology, allowing the device to make smart decisions without user input. There is no need to change settings depending on the situation because the hearing aid will intuitively alter settings for the user. The hearing aid comes with a variety of silicon domes to ensure the right fit. The domes allow for ventilation, and unlimited tune-ups are offered with the purchase. This option does have fewer tuning options for specification, but this allows the product to come down in price at $500.