Standard, run of the mill, behind the ear, or BTE hearing aids are the traditional hearing aids with the piece that loops over and behind the top of your ear. These usually are the most noticeable hearing aids on the market, but have a lot of marked benefits over the in the canal models.
For one, BTE hearing aids are adaptable to several different accessories that may aid in your ability to process sound better and more efficiently. Accessories for ITC hearing aids are limited to just the more high tech, high end hearing aids that can go wireless and/or are digital, which are typically more expensive and insurance companies won’t cover the expense.
Reason number two is that so many companies have a multitude of models to choose from in the BTE category. Some companies have even gone fashion conscious and produce hearing aids and hearing devices in a vast array of colors and patterns. This is especially appealing to the ladies who like to coordinate their “accessories” with their clothing choices. Much like sunglasses, your hearing aids can now be a fashion statement.
Some BTE models are now even water-, dirt-, and dust- resistant, making your lifestyle much more flexible. Now the hearing aids work around your life and not the other way around. No ITC models have been able to accomplish that!
There are even high tech BTE models where everything is digital and can be programmed by computer to suit your hearing ability perfectly. It’s like you never lost your hearing at all!
The end of the clunky, chunky BTE hearing aids is here. Sure you might still be a little self-conscious wearing them because others can see them, but you can hear better and you have OPTIONS.