Although the majority of today's hearing aids are behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, we continue to fit custom-made instruments of all sizes and technology levels. Many individuals still prefer custom-fit hearing aids for a number of reasons. One reason is simply the fact that they do not have to wear anything behind their ears. Other good reasons include better telephone reception, less wind noise interference and cosmetic appeal. Whatever the reasons, custom hearing instruments still can be an excellent choice for improved hearing and understanding.
Custom-fit devices can provide a better acoustic seal inside one's ear canal, providing comfort, security and less feedback. Also, for those with moderate to severe hearing losses, more volume and reserve power are available compared to non-custom fittings. Often, even the smallest, least noticeable CIC (completely-in-the-canal) and IIC (invisible-in-the-canal) hearing instruments can deliver enough power for severe losses. So if you are considering hearing aids, think about the benefits of custom-fit, and find out if this is right for you.