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Invisible hearing aids: What are they and what are their benefits?

Invisible canal-housed hearing aids are small prostheses custom-made to fit the patient’s ear canal, and a very good option when it comes to improving the quality of their hearing.

For its manufacture, a mixture of different silicones is made, injected with a special syringe into the patient’s ear, and this gives us the mould of the depth and size of the ear canal, which we will call an impression.

With the previously detailed step, we will obtain the two impressions, to later manufacture the final casing with a 3D printer, where the different parts and components of the hearing aid will be adjusted: microphone, earpiece module, for its correct functioning.

The aesthetic result will depend on the characteristics of the ear, so we will try, if the canal allows it, to place it in the innermost part of the ear as much as possible. This makes the final hearing aid very discreet, and in most cases it will go unnoticed by others.

If the canal or the loss does not recommend one of these hearing aids, the ideal choice is the RITE hearing aid.

The most popular invisible hearing aids are:

  • CIC (fully inserted in the channel)
  • IIC (Invisible in the channel)
  • A lesser known but very easy to use and unnoticed system is the RITE system (receiver inside the channel, the rest behind the ear).

What? Sorry? Can you repeat?

When you start to detect problems, the first thing to do is to assume that you can still hear but no longer understand.

This type of hearing aids, born precisely, with the social need to try to hide the hearing problem, but at the same time to to try to hide the hearing problem, but at the same time to perceive sounds in a natural way. sounds in a natural way.

Microelectronics and its evolution did the rest until today, where they have advanced enormously.

In terms of not only aesthetic but also acoustic characteristics, compared to archaic pouch models, they were the necessary push for many people to decide to adapt to hearing aids.

Over the years, the RITE system hearing aid appeared, which is a combination of a behind-the-ear hearing aid, but without the limitations that a canal-housed hearing aid offers. Being a virtually invisible hearing aid.

Smaller, bigger benefits, better advantages.

In the 1990s, digitalisation in the audiology sector was a giant leap forward. We had to change the small screwdriver, which we used for adjustments, for a complete programming software and computer, which is still with us today.

Year after year, audiology has only grown, improved and refined its hearing systems.


Did you know that today’s invisible hearing aids are even smaller than their predecessors – you can even order them in the colour closest to your skin? That’s right, the result will be 100% personalised.


Our entire ear is like an antenna, which channels the sound wave to the inner ear canal, where the hearing aid is located. The feeling with the sound will be very natural, the orientation will be improved and the annoying wind noise will be reduced to a large extent.


Most hearing losses, from mild to moderate to severe, can be corrected with hearing aids. There is a wide range of headphone models to choose from, and at our Hearing Centres in Alicante, Calpe and Torrevieja, our Audiology Technicians will help you choose the most suitable one.


The most dynamic people, athletes, spectacle wearers or those who do physical work, will be the ones who will appreciate this type of invisible hearing aids the most. As they are protected in the ear canal, they are very comfortable and safe and can be used for almost any daily activity.


If connectivity is desired, it should be noted that the invisible CIC type hearing aid, being completely housed in the canal, leaves less room for technology.

RITE headsets are an ideal solution, as they house part of the machinery behind the ear and have Bluetooth connectivity. This allows us to connect perfectly to devices such as phones, PCs, TVs, etc…

Its use will depend on the patient’s anatomy. Certain types of leakage or lesions, excessive earwax, suppuration, malformations, perforation of the eardrum are some of the circumstances in which their use is discouraged.

The best way to see if this is a good option for you is to make an appointment with our audiologists and they will advise you on everything you need.


They depend on a low battery life, although this issue is improving considerably over the last year. The reliance on a battery puts these headphones at a distinct disadvantage compared to the recently launched rechargeable headphones.

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