With the constant improvements in medical technology, the development of hearing aid devices is increasing and every new style and type seems to become smaller, yet more effective. This is great news for those who suffer from all levels of hearing loss. These patients can rest assured that regardless of their severity of hearing loss, there are devices that are small, discreet, and unlike the large, bulky aids used in the past.
One of the first hearing aids to be invented was actually an ear trumpet. These trumpets were later developed into small boxes the hearing loss patient would wear around their neck or inside their shirt pocket; these were referred to as "body hearing devices." Then behind-the-ear aids were invented; however, the first models were exceedingly large and unattractive. But these hearing devices came equipped with a microphone that pointed toward the year, which was a huge technological advancement at that time. The devices that followed the large, behind-the-ear aids were analog hearing devices and then digital ones with dual microphones, noise filters, and fantastic sound clarity.
Currently, there are four basic hearing aid types used--behind-the-ear, digital in-the-ear, standard in-the-ear, and open-fits, which utilize hearing device receivers. All of the above hearing devices possess positive as well as negative features but the open-fits seem to have the least negative product features.
The open-fit hearing aid is cosmetically attractive, audibly superior, and financially affordable. These devices are extremely small, lightweight, comfortable, and barely noticeable. Most casual observers will not be able to discern whether or not the patient is wearing one as the only part of the device that is discernible is a tiny, rubbery dome that lays on top of the ear, filtering sound straight into the ear canal. There are no awkward ear molds that completely cover the entire ear such as the ones seen in in hearing aids of yesteryear. And because open-fit devices to not include ear molds, the patient does not have to endure discomfort and sweating from the ear. Instead, open-fit hearing aid users will feel comfortable wearing the device and will barely notice they have it on.
The most important aspect of the open-fit hearing aid is its ability to provide better sound quality as opposed to traditional devices. The open-fit aid is made to let the patient use the hearing they have left while simultaneously boosting the clarity of sounds experienced via the hearing aid. These features allow the user to hear in a similar manner as those who do not require any type of hearing device.
Despite the overwhelming superiority of open-fit hearing aids, patients can purchase them at a relatively low cost. The biggest price point that drives down the cost of open-fit aids is the fact that they are factory produced and not custom built like in-ear hearing devices. Also, no other category of hearing aid surpasses the durability and reliability of the open-fit device.
Those who are comparison shopping for a new hearing device should visit their local hearing aid supplier and ask for free open-fit demonstration to help them decide whether or not this kind of hearing device is right for them. There is certainly no harm in testing out this hearing aid risk-free.