Open Ear Hearing Aids
A difficulty with using standard hearing aids is that they can feel uncomfortable for the person wearing them. It can feel like your ear is plugged up and sound can get distorted because of this. Some of us just don’t like having things stuck in our ears and this is why open ear hearing aids can be a great solution. These devices can work well and avoid the problems associated with the ‘occlusion effect’.
What are Open Ear Hearing Aids?
Open ear hearing aids are tiny devices that are situated on the top of the ear or behind the ear. They have tiny tubes that go into the ear but don’t occlude it. Those who wear these open ear hearing aids claim that they are unnoticeable in the ear. There are two main types of this device, the speaker in the ear model and the acoustic tube open fit model; the difference is that one actually has a speaker in the ear while the other sends sound from the speaker via a tube. The speaker in the ear version of the device is the best choice for those with more serious problems with hearing than just moderate hearing loss.
The great thing about the open ear hearing aids is that they eradicate the occlusion effect but there are also other advantages as well. These are very light to wear and using them is straightforward; they are far more comfortable than your average hearing aid. The other good news is that they can be found to suit all budgets – you should be able to pick up one that is reasonably priced.
Are Open Ear Hearing Aids for You?
The open ear hearing aids are probably best for those who only have moderate hearing loss. This is because it is only possible to amplify sounds by a limited amount – this might not be enough for more severe hearing difficulties. Your audiologist will be the best person to decide if this device would be suitable for you.