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Who Should Consider Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids?

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BTE Hearing Aid

It’s very important that you choose the right hearing aid for yourself. When it comes to behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, who should consider them? Is there are a certain type of person or group of people that are best suited for this design? Or are they generally good for everyone?

Have a look at the information down below to find out who should seriously consider this type of hearing device:

People that are self-conscious about wearing hearing aids

Plenty of people are self-conscious about wearing hearing aids, particularly if you suffer from hearing loss at a relatively young age. If you’re in your sixties or seventies, then it’s expected that your hearing will gradually deteriorate. However, if you’re in your mid to late twenties, then you don’t expect to wear a hearing aid. Therefore, you can feel very self-conscious about wearing a hearing device and want something as discreet as can be.

With a BTE hearing aid, you get something that’s mostly hidden away. The main body of the device is set behind your ear in a case. Then, there’s a clear tube running from the device to your ear, which transmits sound. It’s very hard for someone to notice you’re wearing a hearing aid unless they go up and inspect your ear. So, if you’re worried about how you look with a hearing aid in, then this is a great option for you.

People with very bad hearing problems

One of the benefits of behind-the-ear hearing aids is that they offer more amplification than other styles. In conjunction with this, they also have more features such as directional microphones, different settings, and so on.

This means they’re ideal for anyone with very bad hearing loss problems. The added amplification and directional microphones make it very easy to turn the sound up in your life. You will hear things more clearly, and louder, than ever before.

People with earwax issues

If you have an earwax problem - and many people do - then this is a brilliant hearing aid option for you. Thanks to the design, no part of the device is fully inserted into your ear. As a result, there’s no worry of earwax rubbing off onto the device, leaving it dirty and in need of regular maintenance.

As such, these devices are far easier to maintain and keep clean than many other hearing aid varieties out there today. It’s highly common for earwax - or other issues with fluids and substances in your ear canal - to cause problems for people wearing hearing aids.

When trying to determine what hearing aids are suited to your needs, work with your audiologist. Your audiologist will offer recommendations based off your hearing test results and lifestyle preferences, but you can discuss any concerns you have as well to find the best one for you.