BTE (Behind the Ear) Hearing Aids – Confused?

Behind-the-ear hearing aids or simply BTE are becoming increasingly popular these days. As are the three letter acronyms, I swear most people just make them up as they go along. The reason they are so popular is mainly because of their simple nature and the way they comfortably fit behind an individual’s ear, regardless what the shape and size of their ear is. They are suitable for people of any age, they’re often the choice for children due to their simplicity. The circuitry of this hearing aid is housed within a case that fits behind the ear. There are other reasons for their popularity as well, for example they are able to accommodate a larger battery and a bigger amplifier than the smaller in-ear hearing aids.

BTE hearing aids are suitable for any level of hearing impairment and all types of hearing losses an individual suffers from. You can consult an audiologist to determine what kind of hearing aid would suit you the best. BTE hearing aids are more powerful and less expensive than the in-ear hearing aids because they can use older technology. BTE hearing aids normally come with a plastic protective case. They fit behind the ear, and so they are not completely unnoticeable, but because of their un-rivaled ease-of-use they are extremely popular, especially for children.

There are some drawbacks of wearing Behind the Ear hearing aids, firstly they are not completely invisible. This is quite an important thing to consider for most people, as some people see wearing a hearing aid as strange. If the aid is not professionally and properly installed then the wearer may experience some feedback or echo when using BTE aids. Hearing aids if set incorrectly can also pick up too much noise, however this is a problem with all hearing aids really.

BTE hearing aids are available in both digital and analog flavors. Usually the digital ones are more expensive due to the increased range of features that they are able to offer. Digital hearing aids are easy to use and can be programmed for any kind of environment. Some analog hearing aids also come with programmable chips and can be programmed with more than one setting, but you need to operate them manually.

If your kids have hearing problems, BTE hearing aids are an excellent alternative to in-ear hearing aids that are comparatively difficult to use. The BTE hearing aids have a piece that fits inside your ear, this can be custom molded so that it is a perfect fit. The hearing aids can be customized to match hair and skin tones, as to increase the invisibility. Children’s ears change as they grow up, the BTE hearing aids ear piece can be replaced multiple times, so it always fits their ear.

The modern variety of BTE hearing aids are smaller and made according to your exact requirements. They are less visible than their predecessors, and are actually state of the art pieces of equipment. Because of their size they are able to be much more powerful than most in-ear aids, and so most audiologists recommend them for any kind of hearing loss. There can be many models of a BTE depending on your needs and the severity of your problem. Your audiologist will tell you exactly what kind of a hearing aid you require and how long you could expect it to last before you would have to look at replacing it.

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