Behind-the-ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids are perhaps the most recognisable type of hearing aid and most people are familiar with the design; in this case, the hearing aid sits behind the top of the ear and it is connected to an ear mould, which sits inside the ear, via a discreet wire. There are various types of private behind the ear hearing aids available, including mini BTE aids, which are slightly smaller than traditional BTE hearing aids, receiver in the canal hearing aids and power aids. Receiver in the canal (RITC) hearing aids look similar to mini versions of standard BTE hearing aids; however, they are slightly more discreet because the receiver is located inside the ear canal. Power BTE aids are larger versions of standard BTE aids, which are specifically designed for individuals with significant hearing loss.

Behind the ear hearing aids are suited to all levels of hearing loss and they come in various styles and colours; modern aids available from private dispensers are also sleeker and more discreet than the bulky beige aids many of us think of when hearing aids come up in discussion.

For mild hearing loss, a mini BTE may be the best option, especially if you would prefer a discreet model; if you have moderate hearing loss, an RITC (receiver in the canal) may be recommended. Traditional BTE hearing aids are suited to those with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, while power BTE aids are an excellent choice for severe cases.

Private behind the ear hearing aids are available from around £99; the exact cost of treatment will depend on the style and brand you choose and prices can range from les than a hundred pounds to over a thousand pounds.

Behind the ear hearing aids are versatile and affordable and there are lots of different types available, so you can choose a style, which suits you. There are larger versions available for those who have issues with manual dexterity and the modern aids are much more discreet than those available in years gone by.

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