Pensioners go barmy for invisible hearing aids

Subtlety has many benefits

The decision to opt for an invisible hearing aid has nothing to do with ‘confidence levels’ – some people simply do not want to show-off their hearing aids. That’s why Hidden Hearing makes devices that fits securely within the ear canal; known as ‘IIC’, or ‘Invisible In the Canal’.

There are a number of reasons that invisible hearing aids are so popular, including:

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  • Discreet

    Invisible hearing aids sit completely inside the ear canal, making them virtually invisible for 80% of users. They have one that has a thin plastic drawsting that you pull out your hearing aids with.

  • Made to fit

    With these hearing aids you will get a bespoke fit, so they will be unique to the inside of your ear canal which will give you maximum comfort.

  • Connectivity

    These hearing aids can connect to your smart phone Bluetooth. That means you can wirelessly stream calls and music straight, from your iPhone or Android into your ear.

Invisible in-the-canal hearing aids

Invisible hearing aids (IIC) are custom made and individually tailored to fit the inside of the wearer’s ear and sit concealed in the ear canal. These hearing aids are our most discreet hearing aids, as they sit deep in the ear canal. A thin plastic pin remains on the hearing aid so that they are easily accessible when they need to be removed.


The technology in the IIC hearing aids are similar to the in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE), however, due to the small size of the IIC’s, they do not have directional microphones, which are used in other hearing aid devices to enhance some sounds and simultaneously reduce background noise. What makes invisible hearing aids our most discreet hearing aid is that, the functional components are contained in a tiny shell.


The suitability of invisible hearing aids are largely dependent on the size of a user’s ear canal. Depending on the size and shape of a users ear canal, may prevent invisible hearing aids being available to everyone. While the invisible hearing aids are popular with people who prefer a more subtle type of hearing aid, the small size means that those with limited dexterity may find these types of hearing aids slightly more difficult to adjust and remove.

Will I notice I am wearing an invisible hearing aid?

When fitted properly, an IIC should be comfortable and discreet – both in terms of the way it looks, and the way it feels. As most invisible hearing aids are fully bespoke and made to measure, they are designed to be as comfortable and non-disruptive as possible.

Are they removable?

Despite a secure fit, invisible hearing aids can be removed simply and effectively, with changing the batteries being even simpler. There is some water resistance, should you dive into the sea or a swimming-pool, but is advisable to remove them before entering the water.

How ‘natural’ is the sound?

While it might seem hard to imagine, these tiny IIC devices – which are smaller than a fingernail – provide a very true reproduction of sounds. This makes it easier for the wearer to differentiate between different noises and sources.

How ‘invisible’ are they?

Choosing a neutral colour, as well as correct ear canal positioning, will mean that your invisible hearing aid will be almost impossible to spot. Plus, hair cover will ensure they’re hidden. Your privacy is secure.

Which hearing aid brands are the best?

Hidden Hearing works closely with hearing aid brands such as Starkey and Oticon, both of whom offer advanced hearing technology at remarkable levels. Oticon is renowned for its developments in the Brain Hearing arena, introducing factors that include and improve cognitive functioning – as well as reducing fatigue.

How long does an invisible hearing aid last?

Due to the small size, some invisible hearing aids are found to have a shorter battery life than other hearing aid options. This can result in changing batteries more often, which incurs a cost.

Our qualifications

All of our hearing aid dispensers are members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)

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