Virtually Invisible Hearing Aid Technology

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New Virtually Invisible Hearing Aids

Huge strides have been made over the last couple of years in miniaturising hearing aid technology and at the same time enhancing comfort and performance.   This has seen the introduction of new micro hearing aid styles.  These discreet styles fit both in-the-ear and behind-the ear.

IIC in ear hearing aidsOticon IICThe main micro in-the-ear styles are:

The CIC style (completely in canal) – sits entirely in the ear canal and only visible if viewed directly in the ear canal.

The IIC style (invisible in canal) smaller than the CIC style, the IIC sits deep in the ear canal past the second bend of the ear canal. For all intents and purposes when inserted its virtually invisible.


In order for these micro in-the-ear styles to fit comfortably in the ear canal, they are custom made to your individual ear canal.  The audiologist will take an impression of your ear and this is sent off to the manufacturer.  The impression is then scanned and the hearing aid shell computer-modelled.  After modelling, a 3D printer prints the shell in which the hearing aid components are assembled.

The most popular discreet hearing aid on the market is the Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) style:

RIC in ear hearing aidsSiemens PureThe RIC style (receiver in canal)sits behind the ear with a tiny module hidden by the pinna (ear). A small receiver/speaker sits at the entrance of the ear canal.

Its popularity stems from the fact that the RIC style combines discretion with high performance.  Unlike CIC/IIC styles, the RIC style can accommodate high performance technology such as directional microphone technology, rechargeability and wireless connectivity.  In addition, as the components sit behind the ear (rather than in the ear), the ear canal is well ventilated (not blocked) resulting in a natural and comfortable wearing experience.


These days people are more likely to notice your hearing loss than your hearing aids.  At Sounds of Life we pride ourselves in providing the best discreet hearing technology on the market while managing the balance between maximum discretion (invisibility), performance (audibility and speech discrimination) and wearing comfort.


 About Sounds of Life Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432