Finding the hearing aid that’s right for you or your loved one can seem intimidating, especially considering the wide range of hearing aid choices available.This article will introduce you to open fit hearing aids – a relatively new design that is increasing in popularity.
Open fit hearing aids share many similarities with behind-the-ear devices. This type of hearing aid consists of a plastic case that rests behind the ear and a small tube that connects the case to the ear canal. However, open fit hearing aids are considerably smaller than their behind-the-ear counterparts.
The factor that differentiates open fit hearing aids from the rest is that their design allows the ear to stay ventilated. This allows low frequency sounds to enter the ear without additional amplification. This allows many people with mild to moderate hearing loss who are still able to hear low frequency sounds to have a more comfortable and natural experience. It also prevents wearers from hearing their own chewing, coughing, and speaking, reducing distraction and adding further comfort.
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.
Individuals with severe hearing loss are not good candidates for the open fit hearing aids. 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.
Despite its flaws, the open fit hearing aid is 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.