This hearing aid is one of the most versatile styles on the market. It sits behind your ear but usually has a piece that is made custom to fit your ears. BTEs can fit a wide range of loss but mostly moderate to profound hearing losses. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to this style of hearing aid.
- Good for patients with dexterity issues
- Discreetly hidden behind the pinna
- Receiver is behind the ear so it is less prone to wax and moisture build up
- Can have a larger battery for a longer battery life
- Easy to repair in clinic office, but sometimes needs to be sent to manufacturer for repair depending on the issue
- Can be adaptable to different hearing losses that can require more power
- Requires a custom mold with tubing which can be more visible
- Does not take advantage of outer ear resonance and collection of sound
Take Note: Patients usually choose the BTE style if they have a severe to profound hearing loss or one that is likely to deteriorate further. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about this option, if it is something you are interested in.