Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

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A hearing aid is an advanced and sophisticated device for improving hearing and communication. All hearing instruments share a common purpose - to amplify sounds, making them louder and more audible for individuals with hearing challenges. This enables them to better perceive the sounds in their surroundings and participate in everyday activities with greater ease and normalcy.

Utilizing digital sound processing technology, a computer chip captures the incoming sound and converts it into a digital code. This digital representation of the sound is then processed, analyzed, and amplified according to the individual's specific hearing loss, listening requirements, and the surrounding sounds. The signals are subsequently converted back to analog acoustic signals and transmitted to the ears through a receiver (loudspeaker). The sound waves are delivered to the user's ear canal either through tubing and earmold or directly through a thin tube connected to a receiver positioned inside the ear.

What Are Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids?

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids contain most of their components, including microphones, amplifiers, processors, and speakers, in a larger case positioned behind the ear. The design of BTE hearing aids positions them as among the most powerful hearing aids on the market, which also makes them appropriate for all levels of hearing loss.

The larger size of Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids allows for the inclusion of a variety of features, ensuring comprehensive functionality. However, because the microphones are positioned behind the ear, BTE hearing aids are more susceptible to picking up external noise. Additionally, they are also more noticeable compared to other hearing aid styles we provide.

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Why Say "Yes" to BTE Hearing Aids?

Many people prefer BTE hearing aids due to some of the following facts:

  • Suitable for all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound.
  • Provides protection against ear moisture.
  • Easy to clean, control, and adjust, especially for patients with Parkinson's Disease.
  • Minimizes the occlusion effect compared to custom hearing aids.
  • Longer battery life.
  • Seamless connectivity with gadgets through Bluetooth technology.
  • Suitable for people of all ages.

What Are The Different Types of BTE Hearing Aids?

  • Standard BTE Hearing Aids:
    The Standard BTE Hearing Aid, also known as a closed-fit hearing aid, is the most traditional option available. To connect the hearing instrument to the ear, customers need to use a tubing earmold that is custom-shaped to fit the wearer's ear. The closed-fit hearing aid offers excellent sound quality and helps prevent the bothersome high-pitched whistling feedback sounds often associated with hearing aids, as the earmold fills up the outer ear and ear canal.
    This type of hearing aid is particularly suitable for pediatric patients, as its size allows for additional features like wireless connectivity with Bluetooth devices, a safety battery door lock to prevent accidental swallowing of batteries, audio shoes for an FM transmission system in classroom learning, and an LED status indicator for battery power notification, among others.
  • Open-Fit BTE Hearing Aids:
    Open-Fit hearing aid is the most common BTE hearing aids for a reason. It's versatility, power and flexibility is unbeatable. With an open-fit design that doesn't block the ear canal, you get the functionality of a powerful hearing aid, with a smaller, more discreet design. The only visible sign of the wearer is a thin, transparent tube into the ear.
    Customers who opt for open fitting would generally feel more comfortable as it leaves the ear canal open, which reduces occlusion effect and avoids the collection of moisture in the ear. This type of hearing aid is most suitable for first-time hearing aid user or people with mild to moderate hearing loss but have pre-existing middle ear problems, such as excessive cerumen issues or inflammation of the middle ear.
  • Superpower BTE Hearing Aids:
    Living with severe to profound hearing loss can be a real challenge. It can make it difficult to communicate with others, and you might miss out on many sounds and conversations. Thankfully, there are now hearing aids that can help you reconnect with the world around you: superpower BTE hearing aids.
    These hearing aids are designed for people of all ages, from babies to adults. Given that most profound hearing loss cases are congenital, they come equipped with lots of child-friendly features, such as battery locks, battery power notifications, audio shoes, masking them an excellent options for children with hearing loss.
    If your ENT doctor has recommended cochlea implant surgery for your child, you might want to try superpower hearing aids first. With advancements in hearing technology covering hearing loss up to 120 dB, more than 50% of people with profound hearing loss can now hear again without undergoing the painful and costly cochlea implant surgery.
    Today’s superpower hearing aids can reconnect you to the sounds or conversations that you might have been missing. Whether it's chatting with friends or enjoying your favorite music, the world will no longer be quiet to you.

Is It Possible to Use BTE Hearing Aids While Wearing Glasses?

Absolutely! You can wear both comfortably at the same time. Just remember to put on your glasses first before placing your BTE hearing aids. When removing your glasses, use both hands to avoid shifting your BTE hearing aids. If you encounter any issues, don't hesitate to seek assistance from our hearing care professionals.

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