Over the past 10 years there have been significant changes in the types and styles of hearing devices, most notably with the behind the ear style that now 70% of patients prefer to wear. Before then a custom style was usually what patients would get, but issues with hearing their own voice and comfort were big hurdles that were more difficult to overcome. Having a behind the ear style device today gives patients better comfort, more versatility in fitting ranges, and better success when in difficult listening situations like background noise. Also, now that manufacturers have greatly improved their feedback systems, which is when the hearing devices whistle, along with giving different power level speakers, audiologists are now able to fit almost any type of audiogram that comes in our door. Customs now are used more for patients with dexterity issues or those who just prefer this style over others.
Authored by Jeffrey Olson, Au.D.