The Pros & Cons of Discreet Hearing Aids: Are They Right for You?


Considering hearing aids but worried about how they might look? Some hearing aids are virtually invisible, but does that make them the right fit? There are some pros and cons to these uber-discreet devices.

The Pros of Discreet Hearing Aids

Let’s start with the positive. Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) devices are custom made just for your ears, so they fit perfectly. Because they sit so deep in the ear canal, they are easy to use with the phone and there’s very little wind noise, allowing you to better enjoy your favourite outdoor activities. And let’s not forget the biggest advantage - these devices are virtually invisible once properly seated in the ear canal.

The Cons of Discreet Hearing Aids

Despite these great benefits, they have limitations that need consideration. They are not suitable for all types and degrees of hearing loss. If you have good hearing at some pitches, these devices will completely block your ears, creating an artificial loss, and any time we plug the ears, we block sound energy in the ear canal so you might notice your own voice sounds different.

Everyone Has Different Needs

Your body chemistry can create unique challenges as well - if you’re someone who generates a lot of earwax, perspires easily, or is prone to external ear infections, these devices can break down more quickly. When it comes to performance, the small size means they lack some of the fun features like Bluetooth and wireless connectivity and they can’t adjust microphone direction. Unlike many other styles, these devices are not rechargeable and batteries need to be replaced frequently.

If you’re wondering whether you might be a good candidate for hearing aids and want to explore different hearing aid options, don’t hesitate to discuss with your local hearing expert. We’ll walk through the advantages and disadvantages to help you navigate the best possible solution for your hearing and listening goals.


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