All About Open Fit Hearing Aids

With so many hearing aids on the market to choose from, you may be overwhelmed by the choices offered.  In this article, we will discuss open fit hearing aids.  With an open fit aid, you don't have to wait for your ear mold to be made and returned to you; so it takes less time to get the product you'll need.  Buying these from a dealer is quicker than waiting on a manufacturer.  They'll be maintained wherever you choose to purchase yours.  Since open fit aids have evolved into more discreet, less bulky aids, made with better colors and user friendly designs of better quality, people are more willing to wear their hearing aids.

It is hard for some people to admit that they need help to function properly physically.  Although there is nothing shameful about getting help for your hearing, it is often a matter of pride for a person to be afraid to give in and accept the use of an aid.  Children especially have a fear of enduring teasing and insults from other children if they have anything outstandingly different about their appearance.  For older adults, it may be interpreted as a sign of weakness or of getting older.

Open fit hearing aids are also known as over-the-ear, or OTE hearing aids.  They are made small for the discretion of the wearer, fitting behind the ear with a clear, thin, almost invisible plastic tube going into the ear towards the ear canal.

These aids are actually best for high frequency hearing defects.  If you didn't know already, there are many differences from one person to another when it comes to hearing loss.  The loss can occur on many different levels and be at different stages.  With the open fit aids, you get power and the most circuit options from many other aids for the high frequency defects. 

These OTE aids are also called BTE, or behind-the-ear aids.  Their plastic tubing and ear mold will conduct the sound and keep the ear mold more open.  Children are often best benefited by these open fit aids, although many adults wear them as well.  These aids are made with bright colors and decorations for the children.

One of the possible problems a person could have with an open fit hearing aid is if a tiny hairline crack develops in the plastic tubing.  You'll want to take great care with your new aid to protect it from abuse, both by yourself or by others.  It should never be left where a child could grab it and chew on it or step on it or where any pets could get to it.

Although it is possible to buy hearing aids yourself without being tested, it is always wiser to have an accurate hearing test done to make sure whether or not your hearing condition requires more than just a simple, over-the-counter type hearing aid.  Because the ear is such a complex part of the human body, a trained professional is best to get you the preferred help for your condition.  Please take your ears seriously!


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