Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
Behind the ear hearing aids are simply hearing aids that rest behind the ear.
Also known as BTE hearing aids.
There are two types:
Traditional and open fit.
The traditional behind the ear model rests behind the ear. It is connected to an ear mold. The ear mold fits into the ear canal. A thin tube connects the hearing aid and the ear mold.
Sound travels from the instrument through the tube and into the ear canal.
Traditional bte hearing aids are suitable for most degrees of hearing loss. Generally larger in size and require a larger hearing aid battery than other styles of hearing devices.
The open fit hearing aid is a newer version of a traditional bte hearing aid.
Today, I fit approximately 80% of my patients with the newer open fit hearing instruments.
They are much smaller and virtually invisible. There are two types of open fit behind the ear hearing aids.
Open fit and receiver in the canal (RIC). The receiver in the canal or RIC is considered an open fit instrument as well.
The body fits behind the ear just like the traditional model. Sound travels through the instrument into a very small tube or wire. The small tubing or wire then connects to a dome that is placed inside the ear canal.
They are called open fit because they leave your ear canal open or unoccluded.
Most patients I fit love this style of hearing aid because of the open feeling. It doesn't plug your ear. With open fit hearing aids, you will not feel like you are talking with your fingers in your ears.
Open fit btes generally take a smaller battery than the traditional model.
Other styles of hearing aids include In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC) and Invisible in Canal (IIC).
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