Behind The Ear hearing aids

When it comes to hearing aid styles, Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids are arguably one of the most popular styles on the market and there’s good reason for it. Gone are the days of chunky, beige pieces of plastic, BTE hearing aids now sport a sleeker and streamlined look. Ideal for mild to severe levels of hearing loss, the larger size of behind the ear hearing aids makes them very easy to handle, and means that they offer incredible levels of amplification, clarity and functionality.

Behind-the-ear hearing aid.

What is a Behind the Ear Hearing Aid?

As the name suggests, BTE hearing aids are designed so the main body of the aid can sit comfortably behind the ear. The body is then connected to an ear mould via narrow tubing, which sits in the outer ear canal.

How do Behind the Ear Hearing Aids work?

A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an ear mould that fits in your ear canal. Behind the ear hearing aids have microphones that sit behind the ear. These pick up sound and process it digitally to make it louder and clearer.

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Things to consider

  • Powerful – Behind The Ear Hearing Aids are mainly required for patients with hearing losses that require more power. As a result of this however, they are often larger than RIC style, and can require a moulded ear piece.
  • Easy to useBTE hearing aids are a great option for those with dexterity issues because of their larger size. It also makes changing the battery a lot easier too.
  • Bluetooth – Dependant on the levels of hearing loss, some BTE ‘s are also available with Bluetooth capabilities so you can stream audio from your phone directly into your hearing aids.

Your Audiologist will be able to help you decide what style of hearing aid is best suited to your hearing loss and needs.

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We can provide further information about Behind The Ear hearing aids at The Hearing Care Partnership. Book an appointment online, pop into your nearest practice or call us on 0800 52 00 546 to see how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, many people with BTE hearing aids can wear their glasses comfortably and in most cases adjustments can be made so that the two can sit harmoniously together.

The BTE hearing aid has an ergonomic design so it can sit comfortably behind the ear, following the ears natural contour, this is then kept in place by the ear mould.

More hearing aid styles

Completely In Canal Hearing Aid.

Completely In Canal hearing aids

Completely In Canal hearing aids are small, custom-moulded aids that sit inside your ear canal. Although they look subtle, they hold some amazing modern hearing technology, which makes them well-suited to those with moderate levels of hearing loss.

Invisible In Canal Hearing Aid.

Invisible In Canal hearing aids

Invisible In Canal hearing aids pack incredible technology into a tiny shell. These invisible hearing aids are custom-fitted to sit comfortably and unnoticeably inside your ear canal, so you and the people around you won’t even know it’s there! These hearing aids are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.

In The Canal Half Shell Hearing Aid.

In The Canal hearing aids

Much like CIC aids, In The Canal hearing aids are moulded to fit inside your ear canal, so they fit snugly and securely in your ear. While they’re discreet, their size means that, unlike some smaller in-canal hearing aids, they’re not too fiddly to put in and take out.

In The Ear Full Shell Hearing Aid

In The Ear hearing aids

In The Ear hearing aids are a custom-moulded aid that combines power with a discreet design. Their larger size means that they are ideal for individuals with a more severe level of hearing loss, who may need more amplification than a moulded in-canal aid can provide.

Receiver In Canal Hearing Aid.

Receiver In Canal hearing aids

Receiver In Canal hearing aids are suitable for a broad range of hearing losses. They’re a very popular style, as they’re easy to use and crammed with some of the world’s most advanced hearing aid technology.