Many manufacturers now offer open fitting BTE or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) versions. Open-fit behind-the-ear products are smaller than standard-size BTE aids and available in a variety of colors and designs. They combine cosmetic appeal with improved acoustics, which come from leaving the ear canal open. This product is best suited for individuals with normal or near-normal low-frequency hearing and loss for the mid and/or higher pitches. The hollow voice perception is eliminated and sounds, including your own voice and chewing, are heard more naturally and comfortably than with a product that plugs the ear canal.