Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
BTEs are used for all types of hearing loss and they come in a variety of styles and sizes. Many have multiple directional microphone systems for improved understanding of speech in noisy situations. Behind-the-ear hearing aids can be open-fit or closed-fit. These BTEs offer more power and easier handling because they are larger. Most are compatible with assistive listening devices (Accessories) and are suitable for mild to profound hearing loss. The ear mould connects a BTE instrument to the ear and is individually shaped for each wearer. It fulfills multiple functions for acoustics and better hearing.
BTE hearing aids with ‘open ear fitting’ have a small, soft earpiece at the tip of the tubing instead of an ear mould. This type of fitting can be less noticeable than an ear mould. Open fittings are more comfortable and avoid the collection of moisture in the ear. But, they are only suitable for certain hearing loss.