Custom Fit or Open Fit

Custom fit hearing aids are  custom made to fit the unique contours of the outer ear of each patient. Open fit aids are an off the shelf product that can be individually fit and programmed for each patient. Each type of hearing aid can use the same technology, so what’s the difference?
On the plus side, open fit aids can be fit in the home or office without any waiting period. The patient can experience amplification right away. Open fit also allows the patient’s ear to hear sounds more naturally. 70% of all hearing aids fit today are the open fit classified as open fit. On the down side, open fit capacity is limited. There’s only a certain range that the aids can reach but that’s changing.
Custom hearing aids require an impression from a trained dispenser. That impression is sent off to the lab where the hearing aid is made. The turn around time is usually one to two weeks. The disadvantage of custom aids is that they occlude or plug up the ear. That occlusion has to electronically be removed so the aid sounds natural. The advantage to a custom aid is that they can reach a greater hearing loss. Also, custom wearers tend to like to stay with that type of aid.
Call us discuss which option is best for you, 781-863-8282.
  • Dedham

    3 Allied Drive
    Suite 303 Regus
    Dedham, MA 02026

  • Warwick

    16 International Way
    Warwick, RI 02886
    (401) 298-2503

  • Boston

    Fields Corner Business Lab
    1452 Dorchester Ave
    Boston, MA 02122
    (617) 870-6438

  • Providence

    Westminster Square
    10 Dorrance St.
    Suite 700
    Providence, RI 02903
    (401) 441-5150

  • Walpole

    Walpole Innovations Center
    1600 Providence Highway
    Walpole, MA 02081
    (508) 219-4035

  • Arlington

    1090 Massachusetts Ave
    Arlington, MA 02476
    (617) 586-8035

  • Brookline

    1309 Beacon St
    Suite 300 Regus
    Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 935-0779

  • Lexington

    Custance Place
    76 Bedford St.
    Suite 18
    Lexington, MA 02420
    (781) 863-8282

  • North Andover

    800 Turnpike St
    Suite 300
    North Andover, MA 01845
    (978) 288-1691

  • Salem

    155 Main Street
    Salem, NH 03079
    (603) 824-9501

  • Cambridge

    725 Concord Ave
    Suite 5300
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 861-3297

  • Nashua

    1 Tara Blvd
    Suite 200
    Nashua, NH 03062
    (603) 421-6484

  • Quincy

    859 Willard St
    Suite 400 Regus
    Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 405-3054

  • Woburn

    100 Sylvan Road
    400 Trade Center, Suite 5900
    Woburn, MA 01801
    (781) 786-2116