Invisible Hearing Aids 2016-05-30T13:10:25+00:00

Digital Hearing Care can supply pretty much any hearing aid available on the UK market – including the very latest invisible hearing aids. Until recently the smallest ‘in the ear’ hearing aids were CIC (Completely in Canal) type of hearing aids. They are a very discreet model but the faceplate of the hearing aid can still be seen from some angles, which to some clients is not ideal.

A recent development has been invisible hearing aids that fit deeper into the ear canal, so deep in fact as to be unnoticeable from any angle. This type of hearing aid is not suitable for everyone, a certain amount of dexterity is required, a number of factors rule out certain clients, like waxy ear canals, perforated eardrums or tight bends in the ear canals. The dimensions of the ear canal also rules out suitability for some, the ear canal has to be wide enough and tall enough to be able to accommodate this type of hearing aid.

Digital Hearing Care are well placed to supply this type of invisible hearing aid, not all hearing aid suppliers are able to offer it, and we’ve had some great success stories so far.

Starkey SoundLens

The Starkey SoundLens is the first custom, digital and fully programmable completely invisible hearing aid.

It sits deep in the ear canal, far deeper than where most other commercially available hearing aids sit, making it an invisible hearing aid.

To the left is a picture of where a traditional CIC (Completely in Canal – in red) sits in the ear canal compared to the Starkey SoundLens (Invisible in Canal – in black). SoundLens fits comfortably inside the second bend of your ear canal— completely out of sight.

The Starkey SoundLens needs a special deep impression taken by a qualified IIC trained hearing aid audiologist. This service is only available from a small selection of suppliers UK wide, Digital Hearing Care are proud to be a main hearing aid supplier in the Yorkshire, Lancashire and Manchester area to supply this service.

Phonak Nano

In November 2011 Phonak launched the Phonak Nano model. Branded by Phonak as a ‘micro-in-canal’ or MIC, it sits deep in the ear canal in permanent shadow so as to render it virtually invisible. The Phonak Nano achieves a higher rate of success with regards to the percentage of client suitability. (The point being that not all clients have ear canals that are wide or tall enough to allow space to fit all the components onto the ear canal and still allow for the excellent cosmetic virtual invisibility).

Phonak have reported that due to the nature of the manufacturing process (a newer, thinner and stronger shell, redesigned components etc) they have found a successful build rate of in excess of 80% (compared to the Starkey SoundLens at a little over 50%), in other words Phonak Nano can be fitted to over 4 out of 5 clients.

Oticon Intiga i

Oticon’s IIC offering is the Oticon Intiga i. The Intiga i has followed the trend of the Phonak Nano sitting deep in the canal in deep shadow. Oticon bring a nice extra dimension in a choice of five different coloured faceplates, from dark brown / black through to lighter beige coloured faceplates, the idea being that the faceplates can be matched more closely to the level of shadow in the ear canal which can lead to a more discreet solution in some cases.

Oticon have a good reputation for making high quality neat CIC’s which has enabled them to transfer that expertise to the growing and exciting IIC sector of the hearing aid market.

Other manufacturers are in the process of launching similar products and you can be sure that Digital Hearing Care will be in the vanguard of the supply of this type of invisible hearing aid.

Widex IIC

Widex’s IIC hearing aids, rather imaginatively are called the Widex IIC. The Widex IIC is available in three technology levels, premium, advanced and mid range, namely 10+, 5+ and 3+ in that order.

Due to the size constraints unlike all other current Widex models there is no wireless functionality, there just isn’t the space!

Widex claim that because  all the components are contained in one unit (unlike other hearing aids) there are no joined parts, and an integrated faceplate means there are no hard edges.

Despite its small size, the Widex IIC comes with outstanding Widex technology. It benefits from the Widex Sound – natural sound that doesn’t just help hearing aid wearers hear speech or loud sounds, but all the sounds around them.

Customer Reviews

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Laura J

Top notch hearings aids and service. Thanks Paul and Helen 😀

Ernest A

I am a very satisfied customer, the service and after care is is of the best, E J Appleton

Ann C

I have received excellent support over the last 6 years from Paul Minikin of Digital Hearing Care. Recently I have replaced my Phonak Audeo Smart with Phonak Audeo V and am delighted with my improved hearing. Ann Chappell

Roger A

Aged 73, I felt that the time had come for me to seek help with my gradually worsening hearing loss. I saw the website for Digital Hearing Care which made a lot of sense to me. The audiologist carried out an assessment and recommended Phonak Audeo V90 which I bought at a great price. Everything was done in a very competent and reassuring manner. Not many of my family or friends have realised that I have been wearing aids until I tell them !

Ross W

I recently upgraded my Phonak Audio hearing aids to the latest Audeo V model. The improvement in technology is amazing! I can hear much more clearly and find I can wear them in comfort, even in challenging conditions (a hot and steamy commercial kitchen) where the previous model was uncomfortable and would often die as a result of the moisture. Without wishing to sound too much like a advert for Paul, the only thing not improved is the exemplary service he has always provided. Worth every penny!


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Digital Hearing Care is an outstanding independent company that puts the customer first. Nothing is too much trouble and the hearing aids recommended from their comprehensive selection are the most effective ones for the individual concerned.

Jim S

I have the Phonak hearing aid also the Roger pen and the Phonak digital phone. I recently had a problem with my phone and contacted Paul the Audioligist who asked me to send it down for inspection. I posted it on the Tuesday and received a new phone from Phonak on the Friday, I must say the service from Paul and Phonak has to be second to none. Once again thank you and well done A very satisfied customer J W Stephenson

John V

I have dealt with Digital Hearing Care and its associate company HAB for 6 years since I had my Phonak aids dispensed by Paul Miniken and have been delighted with the level of professionalism and prompt service I have received. My supplies of batteries and cerustops are ordered on line and are always received next day, postage free, about a year ago I had to order a battery carrier, the original had developed a crack in the plastic and HAB supplied a replacement together with the pin removal tool by return post. I have also had to replace broken speaker wires which have been received next day and fitted easily, I have never been without my hearing aids thanks to their superb service, if you are not using them, do give them a try, you will not be disappointed.

David D

After much searching on the Internet and an attempt at an NHS referral I recently purchased 2 Phonak Audeo V90s from Digital Hearing Care. The best decision I made! My hearing has improved greatly and my confidence has grown. I now have no problems hearing at work and the TV is a pleasure to watch again. I'm only in my 30s so aesthetics was a factor as well. To date nobody has mentioned my hearing aids and it took my wife 6 hours to notice when I first put them in, she only realised when I accidentally left the box out. It is a really descreet design and people are genuinely surprised when I tell them that I'm wearing hearing aids. The aftercare has been second to none as well. I had a problem with intermittent static in one aid but Paul quickly resolved this with a brand new aid at no extra cost. I can't thank Paul enough and highly recommend Digital Hearing Care. If you are considering hearing aids definitely get yourself booked in for a hearing test. Dave, Silsden.

Vera K

I found my new Phonak hearing aids wonderful ,once I got used to putting them in properly !With my previous aids, which were 5 years old, I had difficulty hearing the conversation when out with friends, but on a recent cruise, when sharing a table at dinner with four or six other people, I had no difficulty whatsoever joining in the conversation. Background noises are no longer a problem. Needless to say I am very happy with my new aids. I would like to say a big thank you to Paul Minikin for the excellent service he gives and his enthusiasm to get the very best outcome. It is lovely to meet someone who obviously enjoys his job so much and to whom nothing is too much trouble. V. Kenny.


Paul from Digital Hearing Care has provided a first class back-up service , since I purchased my Phonak cic hearing aids from him. After my hearing test Paul was particularly helpful and knowledgable, guiding me through the various manufacturers/models to enable me to make an informed decision. I would certainly recommend DHC, and will be contacting Paul for my next hearing aids. MT Leeds


A perfect service - speedy and attentive! Just what you need when having to make difficult choices about hearing aids. Thank you, Paul!


Digital Hearing Care is a first class company. I've been shopping with them for a number of years now and nothing it too much trouble. I would highly recommend.


Digital Hearing Care is a first class company. I've been shopping with them for a number of years now and nothing it too much trouble. I would highly recommend.


The service is second to none. The staff go above and beyond the call of duty to help you. Would highly recomend


I have been shopping with Digital Hearing Care for a number of years now and have had excellent service each time. The products are top brands at low prices and delivery has always been quick. If I have needed advice my email has always been answered quickly, even on a weekend, and the staff are all very friendly and do their best to help out in anyway. All in all I wouldn't shop anywhere else. Keep up the good work. Mrs J Warriner


I have always been very impressed by the help and service i have received from Digital Hearing Care. Nothing has been too much trouble and they also have an excellent service supplying batteries and other aids for the deaf. I bought an very useful alarm clock as an example.


First class personal service. No hesitation recommend others.


I have used the services of Digital Hearing Care since 2012, and on each occasion, I have received excellent service. The initial hearing test was conducted at home with the minimum of disruption and with great care. I was given a choice of hearing aids and advised on the best ones for me (and not the most expensive!). If I have had any issues with my hearing aids, I have always received excellent after-care. I have kept in touch with Paul and his team over the past three years and buy all of my hearing aid consumables from Digital Hearing Care.


Excellent personal service from first contact to fitting of hearing aids. First class after care shoud you need to use it. Competitive prices. Would recommend without hesitation.