Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the best type of hearing aid for treating profound hearing loss. The more significant case accommodates a more powerful amplifier than other styles, which is essential for those with severe hearing problems because more power gives them greater access to softer sounds. Additionally, the Bigger battery (size 675), allows for more amplification. Smaller in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are cosmetically pleasing and comfortable, but don’t have as much power as larger models.
One problem in treating profound hearing loss is that the more you amplify the sound, the more you increase your risk of feedback. Any excess sound picked up by the microphone will create a feedback loop that sounds squealing. BTE hearing aids help address this problem because they allow more separation between the microphone (where the sound is coming in) and the ear canal (where the sound is coming out). This separation helps reduce the likelihood of feedback, just like moving a microphone away from a speaker will help with feedback in a sound system.
The BTE hearing aid is also beneficial for those with severe loss because its larger size makes them easier to adjust. The more advanced features of the digital age such as noise reduction, frequency shaping, and multi-channel processing are all available in these models but require more precise adjustment than possible with a smaller ITE hearing aid. This ability to precisely adjust the aid and fine-tune it for each person's hearing loss makes BTE hearing aids ideal for those with profound hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids with stand-size 13 tubing works best. The thicker tubing allows more sound to flow into your ear. Also, standard tips or molds work best. Open-fit tubing and tips are comfortable but are not the best to convey sound to your ear.
Ultimately, if you have been diagnosed with profound hearing loss, a BTE hearing aid is your best choice as it has more power to amplify sound and a better ability to be adjusted than smaller models. With the right hearing aid, you can begin to hear better and enjoy life with improved sound clarity.
BTE hearing aids are no more expensive than a typical hearing aid. You can get a powerful BTE to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. We can help you understand all the available options so you can choose the hearing aid that’s right for you.