Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are worn (as their name suggests) behind the ear, and attached to custom-made ear-moulds by a piece of clear tubing.
Versatile, automatic and handy, BTEs can help with a wide range of hearing impairments (from mild to profound) and are suited for people of all ages. BTE models are suitable for children and highly recommended for growth and safety reasons. Meanwhile, elderly persons with hearing loss also find BTEs useful as they are generally easy to manage. BTEs are also ideal for patients with perforated eardrums, as these hearing aids provide very good ventilation and amplification power.
Features such as remote controls, directional microphones and Bluetooth connectivity are available in this series of hearing aids.
Open-fitted hearing aids are similar to Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids, but are much smaller in size and usually connected to highly ventilated ear-tips.
These hearing aids are best suited for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss, as well as patients suffering from an “occlusion effect” when using conventional hearing aids (i.e. when patients hear their own voice as “unnatural” or “echo-like”.)
The excellent ventilation provided by open-fitted aids addresses the problem of occlusion and with a much small size as compared to the conventional BTE it has become more popular even among younger patients.