There are so many different hearing aids available today, you may find it challenging to tell which type is the best choice for you or your loved one. Keep reading to find out more about one of the most popular hearing aid styles: open fit hearing aids.
Open fit hearing aids share many similarities with behind-the-ear devices. Both devices are made up of a plastic case that rests behind the ear that connects to the ear canal via a tiny tube. However, the case and the tube on the open fit hearing aids are substantially smaller than on behind-the-ear hearing aids.One of the distinguishing characteristics of open fit hearing aids is that it keeps the ear ventilated. Low frequency sounds are able to enter the ear without being amplified. This offers a more comfortable and natural experience to those with mild to moderate hearing loss that are able to hear low frequency sounds without amplification. It also prevents wearers from hearing their own chewing, coughing, and speaking, reducing distraction and adding further comfort.
The smaller size of the open fit hearing aid is another advantage. They are a favorite among hearing aid wearers that want to conceal or disguise their device.
Open fit hearing aids do have downsides, particularly for users who have deep hearing loss. At high levels of amplification (required for individuals with severe hearing losses) the open fit devices often suffer from feedback noise. Individuals with poor dexterity or fine motor skills may find it difficult to operate these small devices. Because of its small size, this device uses very small batteries, potentially making regular changes or recharges necessary.
Open fit hearing aids may have their flaws, but they are still a great choice for many users. Consult with your hearing professional to determine if the open fit type of hearing aid may be the best for your unique hearing needs and lifestyle.