Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most popular hearing aids on the market today because they are robust, easy-to-use and appropriate for a wide range of hearing loss. Some important benefits of behind-the-ear hearing aids:
- BTE hearing aids usually need fewer repairs than in-the-ear (ITE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC) models. This is partly because BTE hearing aids are more durable and usually do not come into contact with earwax or moisture as much as the ITE or RIC models might.
- BTE hearing aids are usually larger than ITE hearing aids. The slightly larger size makes them easier to manipulate, especially for those with limited motor abilities.
- The slightly bigger batteries that fit inside BTE hearing aids tend to last longer, which can save users money.
- BTE models often produce minimal feedback (whistling), even at higher volumes. This is because components of these hearing aids are farther apart than those in ITE hearing aids. Improvements in technology also help control the whistling sound that hearing aids can produce.
- BTE hearing aids are appropriate for a wide range of hearing loss. They can be a comfortable open-fit (with a tube and tip), or occluding for more severe hearing loss (with an ear hook and ear mold).
- BTE aids are relatively easy to clean and handle.