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What is the open-fit model of removable hearing aids for hearing loss?

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You wear these behind your ear, too. They relay sound through a narrow tube that you put into your ear canal. Unlike behind-the-ear aids, open-fit aids allow the canal to stay open. Some people prefer them because:

  • They don't give you a "plugged-up" feeling.
  • They're less prone to damage from earwax.
  • They're smaller, which makes them harder to see.

From: Treatments for Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

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