Are Larger Hearing Aid Receivers Really Noisier?
Question: I've been fitting a lot of receiver-in-canal (RIC) products, and when I have a patient with good low-frequency hearing, I like to use the smaller gain receiver option because I worry about the larger gain receiver being noisier. Sometimes though, use of the smaller gain receiver makes it difficult to fit prescriptive targets for moderately-severe to severe high frequency hearing loss thresholds. Should I be concerned about larger receivers being noisier?
Johnson, Earl E.. 2012. Are Larger Hearing Aid Receivers Really Noisier?. Audiology Online: Ask the Expert. http://www.audiologyonline.com/ask-the-experts/larger-hearing-aid-receivers- really-11106