Finding the right hearing aid can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the features that make one model different from another. Read on to learn more about open fit hearing aids, a design that has been quickly growing in popularity among seniors.

There are several similarities between open fit hearing aids and 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.Better ventilation to the ear is probably the largest differentiating factor of the open fit hearing aid. The open fit design allows low frequency sounds to enter the ear without being amplified. 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. 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. Unlike other types of hearing aids, this style is small enough to easily disguise, making them a great choice for users who may be self-conscious about needing 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. People who have difficulty with fine motor skills may also find it difficult to operate such a small object. Additionally, this small hearing aid type requires very small batteries that will need to be changed or charged regularly.

Although there may be some disadvantages to the open fit hearing aid, they are the perfect choice for many hearing aid wearers. Consider your own preferences and talk to your hearing professional to determine if this type of device may be right for you.