Traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
This type of instrument consists of the device itself which sits behind the ear, a custom fit earmold which sits inside the ear, and a small clear flexible tube that connects the hearing aid to the earmold.
This style can be fit to the widest range of hearing loss. It is appropriate for patients with only mild hearing loss all the way to severely-profound hearing loss.
It offers the largest number of features compared with other styles.
The traditional BTE uses larger batteries which last longer and don’t have to be changed as often (approximately 14 days.)
Controls on the hearing aid are larger on this style making it easier to use if the patient has vision or dexterity problems.
It has the lowest chance of causing acoustic feedback or “whistling.”
It has relatively low visibility, depending on the hairstyle worn.
It is larger and harder to misplace.
Requires a little more maintenance than some other hearing aid styles because the tubing needs to be changed periodically.
Custom earmolds may need to be replaced as frequently as every 18 months.
May be more difficult to put on if manual dexterity is limited.
May be more visible if the ears are small or hair is very short.
Requires slightly different positioning of the telephone receiver.
Most Suitable For People Who:
Have severe-to-profound hearing loss or a steeply sloping audiometric hearing loss pattern.
Have fluctuating hearing abilities.
Need additional features like manual control, T-Coil, and FM compatibility.
Prefer this aid’s style/appearance to other styles.