BTE hearing aids

If you have been told that you need a hearing aid you may be a little bit overwhelmed with all of the options you have to choose from. If you are getting a hearing aid now you are in luck because there is simply so much to choose from. Hearing aids are no longer the clunky, uncomfortable, visually unappealing appendages they once were. One of the types of hearing aids that you may want to look at is BTE hearing aids. You might need to think that this is some really strange technology that you can’t understand, but BTE hearing aids aren’t hard to understand at all. BTE is an acronym for behind the ear. So, when you look at BTE hearing aids you’ll know that they will fit behind the ear.

BTE hearing aids are a great option for many people who are suffering from hearing loss. Usually BTE hearing aids are made from a plastic case that encloses all of the electronic components and then has a tube that comes down from the hearing aid to the ear mold that will then fit into the ear canal. This tube may need to be replaced from time to time when you wear this type of hearing aid.

The BTE hearing aid is a great choice for someone who has a hard time handling small items. The behind the ear hearing aids are often not something that middle aged people like because they are larger, but very easy to handle. Older people and younger people who don’t have the best dexterity find these the best fit as it is easy to access volume control, directional microphones, and memory push buttons.

If you don’t want to worry about short battery lives, then you may want to consider a BTE hearing aid. While there are some hearing aids that are smaller they usually have a shorter battery life than behind the ear hearing aids. If you often spend long hours away from home and you don’t want to have to worry about replacing a battery, this might be a great option for you.

If you have tried other types of hearing aids and haven’t been able to get the best fit, you might want to check out BTE hearing aids. BTE hearing aids offer a larger fitting range than some other types of hearing aids. Another benefit of these hearing aids is that because they are not in the ear like open fit or in the ear hearing aids, they are less likely to be damaged by ear wax or drainage.

BTE hearing aids have a bad reputation of being really large. You should check out what is out there now, because in the last several years behind the ear digital hearing aids have gotten smaller and smaller. While they may still be more visible than other types of hearing aids, they are not so large that they will not be comfortable.

While there are a lot of great things about the behind the ear hearing aids, there are also some things that you might want to keep in mind. The larger than average size is important to consider, but this needn’t hold you back from purchasing such a hearing aid if this is the variety that you like. These hearing aids often require more maintenance than others as the ear mold and tubing may need to be replaced from time to time to maintain the seal that helps you hear. This is not difficult, but is something that you will want to keep in mind when you are buying a hearing aid.

Last updated on Nov 10th, 2009 and filed under Health Products. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses for “BTE hearing aids”

  1. Frank Miller says:

    I bought a pair of bte aids online. They work great and I should have done it 20 years ago.

  2. Joe says:

    I wanted to mention that there are some disadvantages to behind the ear such as:
    - Behind the Ears can be more inconvenient for physically active people.
    - Behind the Ears are more susceptible to moisture and perspiration damage.

    It depends on what will work for you. Although, if you have profound hearing loss, behind the ear might be the only option because they are more powerful.

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