Everything you need to know about Invisible Hearing Aids…

Many Hearing aid users are conspicuous about the way their hearing instrument looks; however, this is not something that should be of concern. Looking after your hearing should be a top priority, just how we perceive eye care, dental, etc. When it comes to needing assistance with our hearing, many of us experience some form of self-consciousness about wearing a hearing aid. This is something that should be in the past as with the advancements in technology, the availability of invisible in-the-ear hearing aids are becoming much more common. This is something that can easily solve your hearing problems and you can put your hearing health first.

Invisible hearing aids fit deep into the ear canal and are so discreet that from many angles you cannot visibly see the hearing aid, therefore, making it virtually invisible. The hearing aid is always custom-fitted to the shape and size of the ear canal. This is done by taking a deep ear impression by the audiologist to obtain the correct size and shape of the hearing aid. The Audiologist will also take into consideration your lifestyle and individual hearing requirements to get you hearing to the best of your ability. The size of the hearing aid also makes it very lightweight; this means you can sometimes even forget you are wearing a hearing aid.

For existing hearing aid users an invisible in-the-ear hearing aid seems to be a very attractive option as it can reduce the stigma of wearing a hearing aid as discussed.

Along with being the most discreet solution in the market, invisible hearing aids are also very convenient. Due to the depth of the hearing aid in the ear canal, it means it is much closer to the eardrum providing a better sound quality than the traditional behind-the-ear hearing aid. This also means the hearing aid does not need as much power to reach the same capacity as a behind-the-ear hearing aid. Because the hearing aid is moulded to the shape of the ear canal, this greatly reduces the chances of any feedback or whistling when carrying out activities such as using the telephone. This was a big issue with the traditional style of hearing aid.

The user can also experience a vast improvement in the comfort of the hearing aid. This can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, the hearing aid will create fewer vibrations as it is custom-fitted deep into the ear canal, this means the user will attain a better natural rich sound quality. Secondly, there are no other attachments to the hearing aid such as wires or ear moulds, the sophisticated placement of the invisible hearing aid can allow the user to better understand sound localization, therefore, reducing the amount of guesswork the user may have to do when listening to sounds.

With all the advancements to hearing aids is it easy to see why an invisible in-the-ear hearing aid is always the most popular option.

However, there is some limitation to this style of hearing aid. Clients will need to take into consideration some factors which are beyond the control of the hearing aid dispenser. The level of hearing deterioration is one of the most important factors to consider. The hearing aid would struggle to amplify the sounds for a user who has severe/profound hearing loss. This is due to the limiting space in the actual hearing aid shell itself. The powerful speakers and sound processors would not be able to fit into the shell, therefore, limiting the use for clients with mild/moderate hearing losses.

Dexterity issues can also be a problem. This is because this style of hearing aid uses a very small battery which can be a limiting factor. If this is the case a user may be better suited to a rechargeable hearing aid system.

Another factor to consider would be visual impairment. The hearing aid will need to be placed into the ear canal in a specific direction otherwise the client will not benefit from the sound quality.

If you are not sure which style would suit you best, you can discuss this further with the hearing care professional from Otec Hearing. Discussing your lifestyle, hearing loss, and needs for the system would allow the hearing aid consultant to help you make the best decision for your hearing.

Book your free hearing test and 2-week hearing aid trial with Otec Hearing to see how we can make a difference to your quality of life.

Invisible in the canal (IIC) hearing aids

Invisible in the canal (IIC) hearing aids are designed to be completely unnoticeable. They are made to fit completely in the ear canal, the hearing aid dispenser will require your ear impressions to have them manufactured.

With the advancements in miniature technology, manufacturers such as Starkey have been able to produce IIC instruments with technology to give you the freedom to carry out your daily routine and rediscover the emotions of sound. Using the latest innovations, IIC hearing aids will seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle. The main thing your family and friends will notice is the improvement in your hearing confidence.

This type of solution is completely custom and is made just for you. We offer a variety of invisible hearing aids with Otec Hearing from our clinics in Lincoln and Huddersfield. The hearing aid dispenser can carry out a full hearing consultation to discuss your lifestyle, requirements, and needs. Hearing tests, speech tests and a visual otoscopic examination can help the Audiologist determine whether this type of solution is suitable for you.

As with every hearing aid solution, there are benefits and points to consider.

Benefits include that it is an invisible hearing aid, it is completely discreet and cannot be seen by other people. Other advantages are the ease of use with a telephone, this is because the microphone is positioned on the faceplate therefore increasing the connection between the microphone and telephone receiver.

Points to consider include

  • The ear canal must be large enough to accommodate the device
  • The technology is not the best in background noise situations & is not suitable if you have manual dexterity issues.
  • The battery can only last between 3-5 days.

Otec Hearing can offer hearing aid trials on invisible hearing aids. This allows the consumer to test the product in their daily environments. A hearing aid trial gives you a true representation of what it is like to live with an invisible hearing aid. At Otec Hearing the Hearing aid dispenser will work with you until we find the correct solution for you and your lifestyle. To find out more about our invisible hearing aid solution trials, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Hearing Aid Maintenance

Looking after your Hearing Aids after having them fitted is extremely important, as keeping your hearing aid in good working order will minimize the potential problems you may have in the future. There are some simple things you can implement into your life to minimise the potential for any cropping up at some point.

Although it sounds pretty straight-forward, it needs to be mentioned. Hearing aids are not waterproof so make sure you do not shower or carry out any water sports with any hearing aids in. This tip is fairly obvious but understand that a hearing aid can very quickly become something you forget about when you’re using it throughout the day. We recommend you be cautious when just starting with a hearing aid and remember to take them out when necessary. It’s also advisable not to leave your aids in the bathroom, as any condensation can damage the electricals in the aids.

Using a drying kit for your hearing aids is a good way to keep them free from moisture. Custom-made aids usually cause the most condensation as they are fitted to the contour of your ear. Using a special drying kit will keep the aids in good working order.

It’s not just water that can harm a hearing aid, however. Body care products such as hairspray can block the microphone ports, so it’s advisable to remove your hearing aids before using any products such as this. When not in use, it’s also recommended that hearing aids are put in a carrying case to prevent any potential damage from happening to them.

At Otec Hearing as part of your lifetime aftercare, we offer a routine 6 monthly service call appointment. This is to protect your hearing aids from dirt or greasy hands, which is important, as the small microphone ports can become blocked through them being mishandled.

Private Hearing Aids vs NHS Hearing Aids

When it comes to hearing care and choosing a hearing aid, an individual usually has a choice between going through the NHS or a private practitioner. There are some benefits and drawbacks to both options, which could be useful to know when deciding on going with one or another.

With an NHS aid, you are very limited in choice as to the style of the aid that you will be provided. Typically, you’ll be fitted with a ‘Behind the Ear’ with an ear mould or a thin plastic tube. Whilst this type of aid will do the job, they do tend to be lower-priced, with quite a basic technology level. This can result in a user having difficulty understanding speech clarity. There are clear benefits to this, however, as hearing care with the NHS is a more affordable option than going private in many instances.

In contrast, privately supplied aids often offer a much wider range of advanced technology and include the most invisible, discreet models to suit the individual wearer. A person has much more variety and choice when choosing a private hearing aid, and with so many options in 2020, there is no denying how beneficial it is for an individual to fully explore the different types of aids available. They can then take the recommendation from a professional on which model is best suited for their budget and lifestyle.

So, at the end of the day, there isn’t one choice right for everyone. The decision does come down to the individual and their needs and requirements. At Otec Hearing, we offer free lifetime aftercare as part of your solution. Our lifetime aftercare programme enables us to ensure you’re getting the optimum benefit from your hearing solution. As your hearing changes, we have the scientific knowledge and experience to fine-tune your hearing aid to give you the best possible listening experience. The technology levels we have available also means we have hearing aids to suit any type of hearing loss with a budget to suit everybody’s needs and lifestyle.

With a free hearing test where we come to you, it’s always worth seeking what a professional has to say and weighing up both options before committing to one or the other.

Receiver in the Canal Hearing Aids

his blog continues our series on us covering the different types of hearing aids. We’ve covered many of the popular options, including some such as ‘Invisible in the Ear Canal’ (IIC), ‘Completely in the Canal’ (CIC), and ‘In the Canal’ (ITC) hearing aids. Within this article, we reference these hearing aids and compare them against one another. If you haven’t already, we recommend you read through our blogs on these before continuing this one.

We will be covering ‘Receiver in the Canal’ (RIC) hearing aids in this article and will be putting it up against some other popular choices.

RIC hearing aids sit behind the ear, with the receiver being located inside the ear canal. This is ideal positioning as sounds can travel directly into the ear via an invisible electrical receiver wire.

What’s great about RIC hearing aids is that they can house two different types of batteries. These are available in a size 10 (4-7 day) battery life, size 312 (7-10 day) battery life, with some RIC hearing aids available in a rechargeable option. They are also available at any technology level.

There are some clear advantages to choosing a RIC aid, one of these being that different power receivers can be fitted depending on the severity of hearing loss. This can make the hearing aid future-proof, as the power levels can be changed if the user’s hearing deteriorates. A more natural rich sound quality is also made available from these aids, as they do not completely occlude the ear canal. The different domes available can make the hearing aid fit severe or profound losses and any size ear canal.

These hearing aids can be connected to your smartphone, so you can have full control over them in any environment. Furthermore, the aids are very light in weight making the user feel very comfortable. And to top it all off, the increased microphones make listening to speech in the background is easier, which is fantastic for when the user is in public places.

RIC hearing aids may sound like a fantastic choice, although there is a catch to them. Poor dexterity or visual problems can make the insertion and removal of the aid difficult. The aid will also require regular cleaning, as any blockage in the microphone port or receiver could potentially block sounds coming out of the aid. On top of this, when using a landline phone with this aid, the telephone receiver has to be held in an unnatural position. This is not ideal for those who use telephones frequently within their daily lives of jobs.

Does a Receiver in the Canal hearing aid sound like a practical option for you? At Otec Hearing, we select and recommend hearing aids based on your requirements. Give us a call to book your free hearing test on 01522 305400.

In the Ear Hearing Aids

In this blog, we are resuming our series on the different types of hearing aids. We’ve covered many of the popular options, including some such as ‘Invisible in the Ear Canal’ (IIC), ‘Completely in the Canal’ (CIC), and ‘In the Canal’ (ITC) hearing aids. Within this article, we reference these hearing aids and compare them against one another. If you haven’t already, we recommend you read through our blogs on these before continuing this one.

We will be covering ‘In the Ear’ (ITE) hearing aids in this instalment and highlighting the pros and cons of this particular type of aid.

ITE hearing aids are the largest type of custom-made aid and cover the full external ear. Much like IIC, CIC, and ITC hearing aids, ear impressions are required for this type to fit the ear of the user. ITE aids use a size 13 battery, typically the lifespan of this battery can last up to 14 days.

What’s great about an ITE aid is that it can cover profound hearing losses, making these the most powerful custom-made aid available. They are also best suited for someone who has dexterity issues as the insertion and removal is extremely easy. The dual microphones of the In the Ear hearing aid can make an understanding of speech in a noisy environment easier for someone suffering from hearing loss. Much like the ITC aids, ITE’s are completely wireless and can be connected with smartphones and wireless accessories, which is very beneficial to some.

Like any hearing aid, there are some disadvantages. The ITE shares similar drawbacks to the ITC. One example of this is that this hearing aid is larger and more exposed. The bigger size can put off those who are wanting their hearing aid to be hidden. On top of this, if the canal of the user changes shape, the aid may have to be re-shelled to fit your ear once again.

Does an In the Ear hearing aid sound like a good option for you? At Otec Hearing, we provide you with a free hearing test and give you sound advice about what hearing aid would be best for you, should you need one. Why not give us a call to arrange your consultation on 01522 305400.

In the Canal Hearing Aids

In this blog, we are continuing our series on different types of hearing aids. So far, we’ve covered ‘Invisible in the Ear Canal’ (IIC) and ‘Completely in the Canal’ (CIC) hearing aids. Within this article, we reference these hearing aids and compare them against one another. If you haven’t already, we recommend you read through our blogs on these before this one.

We will be covering ‘In the Canal’ (ITC) hearing aids today, and highlighting both their pros and cons.

In the Canal, aids are larger than CIC hearing aids and are designed to fit the lower half of the external ear. They also require ear impressions to fit your ear, much like CIC and IIC hearing aids. What sets this aid apart from the other aids mentioned, however, is that the ITC aids use a size 312 battery which can last between 7 and 10 days, compared to the 3-5 days that the other two provide. What is also important to note though, is that the faceplate and battery draw of this hearing aid is fully exposed, making it much more visible in comparison to the IIC and CIC options.

Because it is larger, the ITC hearing aids are a handy alternative to the IIC and CIC options for people who may have manual dexterity issues. Its bigger size also means that can house a more powerful receiver, making it an option for those who have severe hearing losses. Also, due to its size, its bigger faceplate and microphones make understanding speech much easier. In the Canal Hearing Aids are completely wireless, and can be connected with smartphones and wireless accessories, which is very beneficial to some.

It does have some drawbacks, however. Its bigger size can put off those who are wanting their hearing aid to be hidden, and if the ear canal of the user changes shape, the aid may have to be re-shelled to fit your ear once again.

Do you think an ITC hearing aid could be suitable for you? At Otec Hearing, we ensure that you are provided with a hearing aid that meets your specific needs. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids

With so many types of hearing aids out there, it can be difficult to make a choice on one that will suit your requirements and lifestyle, should you need one. In this blog, we are going to be covering the ‘Completely in the Canal Hearing Aid’ (CIC) hearing aid and go through both its positives and negatives.

In our last blog, we wrote about the ‘Invisible in the canal’ (IIC) hearing aid. We do reference this type of hearing aid in this blog, so we recommend giving that one a read for more information on that type of aid.

CIC hearing aids are the next size up from the IIC aids, although like the IIC hearing aids, CIC aids still require the Hearing Aid Dispenser to take ear impressions, so they fit into your ear canal. The main difference between the two styles is that the faceplate and battery draw is more exposed to the CIC which makes them almost invisible, in comparison to the IIC, which is completely hidden.

The major advantages to using this particular hearing aid are that it’s available in several power options unlike the IIC, which is only available in one, this means that the CIC is suitable for those who may have severe hearing losses. Also, despite it not being as hidden as the IIC, the CIC is almost completely invisible, which is extremely good for those who don’t want their hearing aids to be seen by others. Like the IIC, the CIC’s microphone position makes it an extremely practical option for tasks like answering the telephone.

However, there are also some disadvantages to this particular type of hearing aid, and a number of its faults are similar to the IIC aid. To start, CIC aids are also not the greatest in situations with lots of background noise, which isn’t ideal when in public places. They also share the issue of being more susceptible to failure due to moisture and wax in the ear canal, which can block the microphones within the aid. The hearing aid may also need to be re-shelled in the future if the size of the ear canal changes. The CIC also shares a similar battery life to the IIC, which is around 3-5 days as a result of their size. The size also means that a CIC may not be suitable for those with manual dexterity issues.

At Otec Hearing, we will recommend to you the hearing aid that suits your requirements best. If you have any questions about Completely in the Canal hearing aids, or any other form of aids, feel free to contact us! You can do so by emailing us or giving us a call on 01522 305400.

Invisible in the Ear Canal Hearing Aids

There are many hearing aids to choose from, but you must select one to suit your individual needs, should you ever need one. Today, we are going to be covering the ‘Invisible in the canal’ (IIC) hearing aid and go through both its positives and negatives.

IIC hearing aids are the smallest and most discreet hearing aid on the market. They are manufactured by taking ear impressions so that they fit entirely into your ear canal. This is what gives them the name ‘invisible’, as they are completely hidden. Because of their size, IIC hearing aids power with a size 10 battery – the smallest hearing aid battery.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this type of aid. One of the first main advantages of this hearing aid is the fact that it is virtually invisible, this is important to people who may not want people to see that they use a hearing aid. IIC hearing aids are also known for their ease of use when using a telephone, which makes them very practical. On top of this, the position of the microphone within the hearing aid is very good.

However, there are some downsides to using this particular type of hearing aid. One of the main disadvantages is the battery size. As it is so small, an IIC can only last around 3-5 days, which is not a long time in comparison to other hearing aids. Another downside to their size is that they are not suitable for those who suffer from manual dexterity issues. IIC aids are also not the greatest in situations with lots of background noise, which is not ideal when in public places. In addition, IIC hearing aids have been known to be more susceptible to failure as a result of moisture and wax in the ear canal, which can block the microphones.

At Otec Hearing, we ensure that if you need a hearing aid, you are given one that suits your individual needs and requirements.

Get in contact with us for more information on hearing aids by calling us on 01522 305400.

Learn more about the Invisible in the canal (IIC) Hearing Aid

There are many hearing aids to choose from, but it’s important you select one to suit your individual needs, should you ever need one. Today, we are going to be covering the ‘Invisible in the canal’ (IIC) hearing aid and go through both its positives and negatives.

IIC hearing aids are the smallest and most discreet hearing aid on the market. They are manufactured by taking ear impressions so that they fit entirely into your ear canal. This is what gives them the name ‘invisible’, as they are completely hidden. Because of their size, IIC hearing aids power with a size 10 battery – the smallest hearing aid battery.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this type of aid. One of the first main advantages of this hearing aid is the fact that it is virtually invisible, this is important to people who may not want people to see that they use a hearing aid. IIC hearing aids are also known for their ease of use when using a telephone, which makes them very practical. On top of this, the position of the microphone within the hearing aid is very good.

Phonak Virto B-Titanium Invisible Hearing Aids

Featured IIC Hearing Aid:

The Phonak Virto B-Titanium is a prime example of an Invisible in the canal hearing aid. The size and shape of the aid mean that the device will rest inside of the ear, earning it the phrase of ‘invisible’. The B-Titanium has two different models, get in touch with us for more information on this particular hearing aid.

However, there are some downsides to using this particular type of hearing aid. One of its main disadvantages is its battery size. As IICs are so small, they can only last around 3-5 days, which is not a long time in comparison to other hearing aids that we at Otec offer. Another downside to their size is that they are not suitable for those who suffer from manual dexterity issues. IIC aids are also not the greatest in situations with lots of background noise, which is not ideal for a user when they’re in public places. On top of this, IIC hearing aids have been known to be more susceptible to failure as a result of moisture and wax in the ear canal, which blocks the microphones.

Despite some of its problems, an IIC hearing aid can still be a strong choice depending on the users preferences and lifestyle. Are you unsure if this particular hearing aid could be the right choice for you? At Otec Hearing, we ensure that if you require a hearing aid, you are given one that suits your individual needs. Get in contact with us for more information on hearing aids by calling us on 01522 305400.