Choosing the hearing aid that is best for you or someone close to you can be overwhelming, especially with the variety of hearing aid options available. Keep reading to find out more about one of the most popular hearing aid styles: open fit hearing aids.
Open fit hearing aids have many similarities with behind-the-ear devices. The visible similarities include the plastic case that rests behind the ear and the small tube that connects to the ear canal. Both the case and the tube tend to be smaller than the ones found on behind-the-ear hearing aids.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of open fit hearing aids is that it keeps the ear ventilated. This allows low frequency sounds to enter the ear without additional amplification. Because many people with mild to moderate hearing loss have no trouble hearing low frequency sounds, this lack of amplification leads to a more comfortable and natural experience. Further comfort is added by the fact that listeners do not end up hearing their own speaking, coughing, chewing, or other distracting noises.
The smaller size of the open fit hearing aid is another advantage. Many users are able to disguise these devices, making them a favorite among listeners who are self-conscious about having to use a hearing aid.
Open fit hearing aids do have downsides, particularly for users who have deep hearing loss. The levels of amplification needed for users with major hearing loss often lead to feedback noise due to the device’s openness. 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. Check in with your hearing professional to learn more about this popular and unobtrusive style of hearing aid.