Behind The Ear Hearing Aids
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Anyone in need of a hearing aid has a wide variety of brands, features, and models to choose from. The best choice for any individual will depend on his or her level of hearing, lifestyle needs, and personal preferences. The behind the ear (BTE) model of hearing aids is one of the oldest still in use today. It is particularly recommended for children and people who have difficulty manipulating small objects. However, its effectiveness in treating many kinds of hearing loss and ease of use make it popular with many hearing impaired people.
BTE Hearing Aids
This kind of hearing aid has a plastic casing that hooks behind the ear and connects to an amplifier fitted within the ear. It is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss, and may come equipped with more features than smaller models. Its larger size makes it easier to handle and keep track of, although some people feel self conscious about its visibility.
A more recent variation on behind the ear hearing aids is the “open fit” design. Its behind-the-ear casing is very small, and connects to a thin tube that leads into the ear. As a result it does not create the “plugged up” feeling that bothers some hearing aid users. However, it is only effective in treating high frequency hearing loss, and its small batteries may not last very long.
Choosing a hearing aid from the many available styles can be difficult. For courteous and efficient guidance through the large world of hearing loss solutions, contact HearingPlanet at 1-800-432-7669.