Given the many different hearing aids available today, you may find it difficult to tell which type is the most appropriate choice for you or your loved one. Read on to learn more about open fit hearing aids, a design that is quickly growing in popularity among those with hearing loss.
There are several similarities between open fit hearing aids and behind-the-ear models. Both devices are made up of a plastic case that rests behind the ear that connects to the ear canal via a tiny tube. Both the case and the tube tend to be smaller than the ones found on behind-the-ear hearing aids.
The factor that differentiates open fit hearing aids from the rest is that their design allows the ear to stay 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. Further comfort is added by the fact that listeners do not end up hearing their own speaking, coughing, chewing, or other distracting noises.
Open fit hearing aids are smaller than many other devices, which for many is another advantage. They are a favorite among hearing aid wearers that want to conceal or disguise their device.
There are some disadvantages to open fit hearing aids, especially for users with severe hearing issues. The levels of amplification needed for users with major hearing loss often lead to feedback noise due to the device’s openness. The hearing aid’s small size can also work against it, as people who do not have fine motor skills often find it difficult to operate such a small device. Finally, this type of hearing aid uses very small batteries, so users are required to change or charge them on a regular basis.
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.