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Updated: Jun 19, 2022

All about invisible hearing aids

Want hearing aids that’ll be virtually undetectable? “Invisible” hearing aids may be just what you’re looking for.

Gone are the days of clunky-looking pink hearing aids that fill up the entire ear, whistle, and can be seen by everyone.

Today’s hearing aids are digital high tech devices- they’re miniature computers in your ears, and if you want, they can even be invisible to others.

Truly invisible hearing aids, also called invisible-in-canal hearing aids, (IIC for short), were first released in 2010 and have been growing in popularity ever since.

How Invisible Hearing Aids Works - Step 1 out of 3

Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids

Invisible-in-canal hearing aids are available in an array of colors, but you might be surprised to learn that the most popular color is black.

Why is this?

Look into a loved one’s ear (or into the model’s ear below). At a certain point, all you see is black. It’s right at that point of the ear (the dark/shadowy part) that these hearing aids sit.

So, the black color ends up being the best way to make this hearing aid more discreet.

Designed to fit deep in the second bend of the ear canal, IIC hearing aids are virtually undetectable in many cases.

You might wonder how you’re supposed to pull out such a small hearing aid.

Notice the little clear string protruding from the model pictured above? This is called a “pull string,” and it’s what you grab onto to pull the hearing aid out of your ear.

No surprise, wearing a hearing aid this small requires pretty good dexterity.

The process for getting invisible hearing aids

The majority of hearing aids today are what we call “off the shelf,” meaning, they’re one-size-fits-all. In other words, they’re not custom made.

Invisible hearing aids are not (usually) off the shelf- they are almost always custom made.

Getting invisible hearing aids can be a bit of a time commitment. As you’ll see below, it’s a process.

But, it’s painless, oftentimes risk-free, and if you see the process through, it can be incredibly rewarding to have a perfectly customized set of invisible hearing aids to help you hear your best.

The Process for getting invisible hearing aids

Get a hearing test

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Hearing tests from a local hearing care provider range from free to $150+.

They’re quick, painless, and can actually be quite interesting.

The primary purpose of the test is to ensure that you’re a candidate for this style of hearing aid- because not everyone is.


Get impressions made

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The majority of invisible hearing aids on the market are custom made. We find that custom made hearing aids typically result in the most discreet look.

At the conclusion of your hearing test, your hearing provider will inject a soft material into your ear(s), which after a few minutes will harden to form a mold, and it’ll then be removed.


Manufacturing via 3D printing

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This is where the magic happens- and why you’re usually paying thousands of dollars for invisible hearing aids.

Your ear impressions are sent to the hearing aid manufacturer, where 3D printing is used to ensure your hearing aids fit as discreetly and comfortably as possible.

The result is hearing aids that are made for your ears only.


Pick ‘em up!

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Usually around 2 weeks after your impressions are made, your hearing provider will receive your custom made hearing aids from the manufacturer. You’ll come in for an appointment to ensure the physical fit is comfortable and discreet.

If so, the hearing provider will program the hearing aids based on the results of your hearing test, to ensure they’re amplifying sound appropriately for your specific needs.

Now you can enjoy your new life with improved hearing through invisible hearing aids.

Pros & cons of invisible hearing aids


The most discreet fit possible

Invisible hearing aids sit so deep inside that ear canal that they’re usually completely hidden.

Lack of occlusion

A common complaint of people who wear in-the-ear hearing aids is having a feeling that their head is in a barrel when they talk. This sensation is known as the occlusion effect. Thankfully, IIC hearing aids sit deep in the bony portion of the ear canal, so occlusion is less of an issue with this style.

Reduced wind noise

Some hearing aid styles unintentionally amplify the wind, because their microphones sit outside the ear. This creates an unpleasant scratchy noise. The microphone of an invisible hearing aid sits recessed in the ear canal, which prevents it from amplifying the wind as it passes by the ear.

Less likely to feedback

The speaker on an invisible hearing sits close to the eardrum, and as a result, doesn’t have to provide as much amplification (gain/volume) as other styles do. This reduced amplification also serves to reduce the chances of that annoying whistling sound that some hearing aids make, which is called feedback.


Short battery life

Invisible hearing aids use the smallest batteries, and they need to be replaced every 2-5 days.

Can be difficult to handle

Changing batteries and general maintenance requires excellent dexterity. If you have poor feeling in your fingers, invisible hearing aids are not a good choice.

Limited features due to size

In order to make invisible hearing aids as small as possible, the manufacturer can only leave room for essential features. As a result, you won’t find features like Bluetooth, rechargeability, or state-of-the-art background noise reduction in these small hearing aids.

More likely to break down:

The ear is a tough environment for the parts inside hearing aids. It’s oily, warm, waxy, sweaty, and dark. All of this causes the delicate electronics inside the hearing aid to break down over time. If you get invisible hearing aids, you’ll almost certainly require more maintenance on the devices as the years go by, as compared to other hearing aids which sit outside the ear.

Not suitable for severe to profound hearing loss

Invisible hearing aids are so small that they can’t provide the power that larger hearing aids can. This means if you have severe to profound hearing loss, this style of hearing aid will not be powerful enough for you.

Best Invisible Hearing Aids of 2024

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Hearing aid ratings you can trust

The hearing aids shown below are rated based on objective data, such as return rates and user reviews. We've done our best to use this data to create a comprehensive and unbiased hearing aid rating algorithm, but it's not perfect.

Here is a short overview:
  • 6 hearing aids considered
  • 1366 verified purchases analyzed so far
  • 44k data points
  • 66 consumer reviews received
  • No paid placements
  • Updated daily
  • Algorithm reviewed by statistician & data scientist
  • This website is independently-owned and unbiased
Read more about our methodology.

Our hearing aid rating algorithm was
designed with the help of:

Jeff Hall - president of ZipHearing

Jason Katz

MS, Machine Learning Engineer

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PhD, Data Scientist

Review Standarts:

No paid placements
Updated daily
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Top Rated Invisible Hearing Aids

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Rating 1
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Beige (29% popularity)
2 more colors available
Starkey’s best invisible model

Starkey Genesis AI

34 reviews | 3 video reviews

The sound barrier has been broken

Released by Starkey on March 28, 2023, Genesis AI is Starkey’s newest, most complete line of hearing aids suitable for all hearing losses. Genesi... READ MORE

Rating 2
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Black (67.2% popularity)
-3 more colors available
Signia’s best invisible model

Signia Silk Charge&Go IX

5 reviews | 2 video reviews
$ 3198 - $ 3998 /pair

Ready to wear, rechargeable CIC

Released by Signia on October 3, 2023, Silk Charge&Go IX is Signia’s best, smallest, in-ear rechargeable hearing aid. Silk Charge&Go IX most wel... READ MORE

Rating 3
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Beige (40.3% popularity)
0 more colors available
Oticon’s best invisible model

Oticon Own

1 reviews | 0 video reviews

World’s first in-ear hearing aid with an on-board Deep Neural Network

Released by Oticon on August 25, 2022, Own is Oticon's newest line of custom in-the-ear hearing aids for mild-to-severe hearing losses. Oticon Own ... READ MORE

Rating 4
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Pink (13.7% popularity)
-2 more colors available
Phonak’s best invisible model

Phonak Virto Paradise

0 reviews | 1 video reviews
$ 2798 - $ 4598 /pair

Discreet design with brilliant speech understanding and natural sound

Released by Phonak on February 22, 2022, Virto Paradise is Phonak's flagship line of custom in-the-ear hearing aids for wearers with mild-to-severe he... READ MORE

Rating 5
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Black (33.3% popularity)
1 more colors available
Starkey’s best invisible model

Starkey Signature Series

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Say hello to the next big thing in better hearing

Released by Starkey on March 19, 2024, Starkey Signature Series is Starkey’s newest and best line of custom in-the-ear hearing aids. The Signatur... READ MORE

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Invisible Hearing Aids: A Brief Overview

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Common questions about invisible hearing aids

What is the best invisible hearing aid?
According to our hearing aid rating algorithm, as of 06/12/2024, the best invisible hearing aid is Starkey Genesis AI.
How much do invisible hearing aids cost?
The average price of a hearing aid in the US is $2400. This is according to a 2015 report compiled by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. While there is no data available for invisible hearing pricing, we would expect the average price to be slightly higher than listed above, as invisible hearing aids have a higher wholesale cost from manufacturers, and take more time for a hearing care provider to fit.
How are invisible hearing aids made?
If you buy an invisible hearing aid that is custom-molded (most are), you'll need to get impressions made of your ears. This is a painless 5-minute process in which a hearing provider fills your ear with a silicone impression material. The hearing provider then ships those impressions to the manufacturer. The manufacturer then uses laser technology to scan those impressions into the computer. A three-dimensional model of your hearing aid is then transmitted to 3D printers for production. The end result is a precise and custom-fitting hearing aid that will fit your ear (in most cases) perfectly.

If you buy an off-the-shelf invisible hearing aid (non-custom), ear impressions are not required. Instead, your hearing provider has an assortment of parts in various sizes at their disposal to make sure the hearing aids have a comfortable physical fit.
Are they really invisible?
It depends. If what you want is a hearing aid that 99% of people would never notice, then the answer is- “yes.” If however, you want a hearing aid that is impossible for someone to see unless they get right next to your ear and look down your ear canal, that is possible, but harder to achieve. The biggest variable is going to be the anatomy of your ear canal. The depth, curvature, and diameter of your ear canal all contribute to how the hearing aid ends up fitting and looking. After your hearing provider takes an impression of your ear, they can usually advise you on how discreet they believe the hearing aid will be. If they're unsure, then when the manufacturer does the 3D modeling, they'll be able to advise on this. If what you want is 100% invisible hearing aids, you should discuss this early on in your conversations with your hearing provider, as it will greatly impact products they recommend.
Are they comfortable?
Some will fit so comfortably that you don't even notice they're in.

Others will make your ears feel plugged up and you'll have the sensation that your head is in a barrel when you talk. If your hearing aids do not comfortably fit or make you feel pluged up, there are certain physical modifications your hearing provider and/or manufacturer can make to alleviate these issues.
How do I take them out?
Your hearing aids will have a small pull string that extends from the face plate of the hearing aid. This pull string is clear and looks just like fishing line. Simply pull onto the string to take the hearing aid out.
Will they work for me?
If you have a mild to moderate hearing loss, chances are invisible hearing aids will work for you. Invisible hearing aids aren't appropriate for people with more severe losses, as they simply aren't powerful enough. If you get invisible hearing aids, it's important that you have good dexterity and eyesight, as the batteries are small and general maintenance can be tricky if you can't easily see and feel the parts of the device.