For years those who have suffered from hearing impairment have relied on bulky, troublesome behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid devices that are not only bothersome, but also often inefficient. These devices can be bulky, very noticeable, and often times are known to develop annoying feedback. However, new hearing aid devices have recently hit the market and offer those with hearing impairment a much more efficient, discreet option. These new aids are much smaller than the traditional device and fit within one’s inner ear. These products are crescent-like in shape and offer discreteness, comfort, and much more efficient technology overall. Below are some of the newest, highly acclaimed devices in the market today.
The Eclipse is nearly invisible to the naked eye and is featured for two different hearing levels; light and mild hearing impairment. The device sits deep within the ear canal, very close to the eardrum making it extremely comfortable to wear. The Eclipse line uses special technology (known as XCEL) to find the ideal balance between background noise and amplification of direct sound (a common issue with the stereotypical hearing aid). The device also features different colors for each ear (red for your right, blue for your left) to ensure that you never mix up your devices.
The Aquaris comes in various models and is most notable for being the first 100% waterproof hearing aid offered by Siemens. The device is very small and almost undetectable at first glance. Also, the device features Bluetooth compatibility, a great option for those who spend much of their day on the phone. The device also repels sweat and dust so it does not get dirty easily. The aid works with BestSound Technology, ensuring that users receive the highest sound clarity possible.
Starkey Invisible-In-The-Canal Soundlens
The Starkey Invisible-In-The-Canal Soundlens is marketed as the “The world’s first 100% custom, invisible, digital, and fully programmable hearing aid.” The aid, which is small in size, often goes unnoticed by friends and family, a perk for many individuals grappling with the fact that they are hearing impaired. This device uses a noise reduction system, known as Voice iQ2, that helps to reduce background noise and allow you to communicate with others (both in person and on the phone) without static or buzzing interference. These devices are also custom-made for your ears to ensure that they are comfortable and work specifically for you.
The Phonak Nano
Developed in Switzerland, the Phonak Nano is specifically engineered to help those suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss. The device comes in two price and performance levels (Phonak Ambra and Phonak Solana) allowing users to find the aid that best suits their needs. These devices are very small in size and custom crafted to fit comfortably in your ear canal. They are noted as being incredibly durable, allowing them to last for many years before needing to be replaced.
The high-tech Unitron Fuse is most noted for taking the best attributes of common behind-the-ear (BTE) devices and implementing them into a nearly invisible inside-the-ear device. The Unitron Fuse fits instantly and uses the latest technology to ensure that users are able to hear to the best of their ability. The Fuse is noted for featuring the world’s first articulating joint, which allows for the device to move naturally, ensuring that it is constantly adjusting to fit perfectly within your ear canal. The device also includes a state-of-the-art venting system, allowing you to always be as comfortable as possible when using your device.