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Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

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What are BTE hearing Aids?

Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are probably the most common type of hearing aid, and the type that the general public are most familiar with. 

The main reason for BTE aids being so popular, thus well-recognised, is because they’re suitable for most degrees of hearing loss. BTE aids benefit those suffering from mild hearing loss, profound hearing loss, and all the degrees in between!

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How do behind-the-ear hearing aids work?

This type of hearing aid is housed in a durable case that sits just behind the outer ear. Inside the case there are microphones and a receiver, which are responsible for detecting and processing sounds. The processed and amplified sounds are sent through a small plastic tube that goes over the outer ear and into an ear mould, which allows the wearer to hear the sounds.
The case also houses the batteries.
Many people feel that BTE aids are very conspicuous, but their size assists with a range of technical abilities and a long battery life. Thanks to technological advancements, new BTE hearing aids are becoming smaller and less noticeable.

The benefits of behind-the-ear hearing aids
  • Technological Features- Because of the larger size of BTE hearing aids, they are able to offer a wider range of settings and technological capabilities than other, smaller hearing aids.
  • Easy to Use- BTE hearing aids are very easy to use and can either be controlled by buttons on the hearing aid case itself, or through a remote control or smart phone app. They are also very easy to clean, and changing the batteries is a simple process.
  • Suit Everyone- Behind-the-ear hearing aids are suitable for many different degrees of hearing loss. There are also many different types of BTE aids out there, with different features and applications.
  • Impressive Battery Life- Because of the additional housing space that the casing provides for batteries, BTE hearing aids offer impressively long battery life when compared with other types of hearing aids.
  • Affordable- BTE aids are easier to manufacture than other hearing aids, and have therefore become more affordable, especially in recent years
Are there any disadvantages of BTE hearing aids?
  • BTE hearing aids are definitely more noticeable than other, more discreet, types of hearing aids, and this may prove to be a challenge for those that are self-conscious about their hearing loss.
  • BTE aids are also more sensitive to wind, and you may experience reduced sound quality, especially in situations in which there is a lot of background noise.

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