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The most popular design on the market, behind-the-ear hearing aids combine a powerful battery with all of the ground-breaking features you want for your hearing health.  We're happy to help you explore.
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Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids is the most common hearing aid style
The world's most common hearing aid style

Versatility at its very best

The behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is the most common design 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.

BTE in action

With behind-the-ear hearing aids, most or all elements are centered in a case behind the ear. An earpiece is then placed in the ear, connected to the case with a tube or thin wire. Traditional BTE designs collect the sound and deliver it to a speaker behind the ear. This sound is then transferred to the ear canal through a tube. Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) designs place the speaker directly in the ear canal.

Pros and Cons

The versatility of the behind-the-ear hearing aid makes it suitable for any degree of hearing loss. Since they house most components, such as the microphones, amplifier, processor and speaker, in a larger case behind the ear, they have the ability to pack a great deal of power in a small design. Their larger size means the battery life is also much longer than smaller, less noticeable designs, and are super easy to remove and maintain. Another bonus: They come in plenty of design variations and colors.

Of course, the larger design can also have a few downsides. Since they sit outside of the ear, they are prone to picking up more background noise than smaller, in-ear designs. They are also much more visible than other hearing aids on the market. Although, there are plenty of BTE hearing aids with sleek, discreet designs.

Why say yes to BTE

There's a reason the BTE is the most popular on the market. Its design is powerful, has a lasting battery, comes in plenty of colors and designs, and with open-fit and receiver-in-the-ear options, it can deliver a high-quality, natural sound. Bluetooth capabilities and connectability also make life with hearing aids much more flexible and manageable, and tinnitus relief programs help reduce the symptoms and noticeability of tinnitus. Stream sound directly to your device and use remote features to take control of your hearing health. Finally, rechargeable batteries mean you never have to worry about running out of juice at inconvenient times.
The different levels of hearing loss

Hearing loss levels

Just like every ear shape and form is different, so too is an individual's degree of hearing loss. The larger, more robust features of the behind-the-ear hearing aid means it is suitable for anyone, from those with mild to severe and profound hearing loss.
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Hearing aid fitting and adjustment

Adjusting to your BTE hearing aid

With behind-the-ear hearing aids, you can opt for custom-fit earpieces or instant fit. Either way, with the proper fitting, you can enjoy a comfortable hearing experience with BTE devices. With that said, any new device will take a bit of time to get used to.

Hearing aids work best when fitted and adjusted properly. Book an appointment to make sure your hearing aids fit right.
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BTE vs other designs

They don't say "never change a running system" for no reason. With a more traditional, larger design, behind-the-ear hearing aids deliver a powerful sound experience for any degree of hearing loss. Smaller designs, such as completely-in-the-canal or in-the-canal hearing aids, are more discreet and less noticeable, but lack the power of the larger BTE devices.
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Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids: FAQ

What are BTE hearing aids?

BTE stands for behind-the-ear hearing aids. BTE devices are the most popular hearing aid design on the market, housing the components in a case behind the ear. Their size ensures a powerful sound experience with a comfortable, versatile fit.

How do behind-the-ear hearing aids work?

With behind-the-ear hearing aids, most or all elements are stored in a case behind the ear. An earpiece is then placed in the ear, connected to the case by a tube or thin wire. Traditional BTE designs collect the sound and deliver it to a speaker behind the ear. This sound is then transferred to the ear canal through a tube. Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) designs place the speaker directly in the ear canal.

How much do BTE hearing aids cost?

With a wide range of styles, features and brands, behind-the-ear hearing aids can vary greatly in price. An approximate price for BTE hearing aids can range anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000.

What is the difference between BTE and RIC hearing aids?

While behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids house most, if not all, components behind the ear, receiver-in-canal (RIC), also known as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) or receiver-in-ear (RIE), place the receiver or speaker directly in the ear canal. This speaker is connected to the hearing aid using a tube or wire.

What is the difference between BTE and ITE hearing aids?

While behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids house most, if not all, components behind the ear and are generally open-fit, in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are placed in the concha, covering the entire bowl of the outer ear.

What is the difference between BTE and ITC hearing aids?

While behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids house most, if not all, components behind the ear, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are placed directly in the ear canal, making them much smaller and discreet. Their smaller size, however, makes them less powerful than BTE designs.

What are the types of BTE hearing aids?

As the most popular hearing aid type on the market, there is a wide variety of styles and designs. These include open-fit designs, binaural hearing aids for both ears, small and sleek designs, digital hearing aids and rechargeable options.

How good are behind-the-ear hearing aids?

BTE hearing aids are some of the most powerful hearing aids on the market. Their larger size allows them to amplify sounds better and provide a longer battery life. They are also extremely versatile and easy to care for. With that said, BTE hearing aids are prone to picking up outside noise, as the microphones are stored behind the ear.

How do I insert behind-the-ear hearings aids?

Your Hearing Care Professional can teach you how to properly wear and care for your BTE hearing aids. Start by placing the hearing aid behind your ear. Hold the tube connecting the earpiece to the hearing aid between your fingers, pointing it towards your ear canal. Gently push the earpiece into your ear canal until the tube is snug against your ear.  

How do behind-the-ear hearing aids stay in place?

There may be a variety of reasons your hearing aid doesn't stay in place. Ensure a proper fit with your Hearing Care Professional. Retention cords can also be fastened to your BTE to hold it in place. In addition, there are other types of adhesives and clips that can assist in holding your hearing aids where they should be.

How do you wear BTE hearing aids with glasses?

While you may be concerned with wearing a BTE hearing aid with glasses, they can both be worn comfortably together. Be sure to place your glasses on first before putting your hearing aids in place. In addition, you should take your glasses off with two hands to ensure you're not shifting your BTE once it's in place. If you're experiencing any problems, talk to your eye care professional and Hearing Care Professional for more advice.

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