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Which Are More Comfortable BTE or ITE hearing Aids?

Behind the ear and in the ear hearing aids are two of the most popular types of hearing aids on the market. There are various models available in terms of colour, design and features for both. Making a choice is not always easy as when it comes to these types of hearing aids personal taste and preference can be a deciding factor.

A Behind the ear hearing aid is preferred by a large number of hard of hearing people, especially by the elderly. The device is just the right size – it is not too obvious for others as it has a very discreet look and at the same time, it is easy and quick to manipulate. Its electronic parts are safely hidden behind the ear and are delicately connected with an almost invisible thin tube to the ear canal. Many people prefer behind the ear hearing aids due to some of the following facts:

  • easy to control and adjust
  • easy to clean
  • bigger and more durable batteries
  • protected from ear moisture
  • suitable for people of all ages

Other reasons for considering behind the ear hearing aids are that they leave the ear canal open and allow for a more natural sound. In addition, the distance between the ear canal and the microphone leads to less feedback in comparison to the in the ear hearing aids where all the electronic parts are in one place inside the outer ear.

Behind the ear hearing aids are also suitable for mild to severe hearing loss which makes them a good choice for those who demand very powerful amplification.

ITE Hearing AidSome people, however, prefer in the ear hearing aids. They can be smaller and less visible than some behind the ear hearing aids and can be more convenient for spectacle wearers. In the ear hearing aids are positioned at the bowl of the outer ear creating a more cosmetically appealing look. Nevertheless, they have a few disadvantages, which might make them not so comfortable for a certain people:

  • not suitable for children due to growth of the ear
  • not suitable for people with excessive earwax buildup and drainage
  • may create a feeling of “blocking up”
  • may produce more feedback due to the compact nature of the electronics
  • have smaller batteries and require more frequent battery changes
  • can be difficult to adjust due to their small size

When making your choice, you should remember that the leading factor should be the recommendation of your audiologist and the condition of your hearing loss. In the end, though, the choice between in the ear or behind the ear hearing aids may come down to personal preference. There are many types of hearing aids available; comfortable to some and not so much to others. The best way to find the perfect match is to look at the features and style of the hearing aid and weigh the pros and cons for your individual case and taste.  Then insist on a period during which you can evaluate whether the hearing aid is right for you.

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