Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They are designed and sculptured to fit entirely inside your ear canal (external auditory meatus) and are therefore almost, if not completely, invisible. Extraction cords are usually fitted to IIC hearing aids to help insert and remove them from the ear.
Starkey offer deep fitting IIC hearing aids that fit in the deep bony portion of your ear canal, within a few millimetres of your eardrum (please note your Audiologist/Hearing Aid Dispenser must be certified and licensed by Starkey to prescribe their deep fitting IIC hearings as it requires specialist training to take a deep ear impression). Deep fitting IIC hearing aids can significantly reduce the sensation of ‘occlusion’ (e.g. hearing your voice louder in your head as if its trapped inside) which can sometimes occur when IIC hearing aids fits in the outer cartilaginous portion of your ear canal. This is because unlike the cartilaginous portion, the bony part of the ear canal doesn’t internally vibrate as much when you talk.