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BTE (Behind The Ear) HEARING AIDS
Behind the ear, also known as BTE, hearing aids are far and away the
most commonly used type of hearing aid. These hearing aids are also
what most people picture when hearing aids are mentioned. The
electronics which make a BTE hearing aid function are housed in a
plastic case which fits behind the ear and has a tube that connects
it to an ear mold which fits in the ear canal.
They are designed to accommodate the entire spectrum of hearing
losses, from the mild to the severe. Although they are more
conspicuous then hearing aids that fit entirely in the ear canal,
they have a number of benefits that appeal to a wide variety of
hearing impaired individuals. In addition, BTE hearing aids come in
a number of sizes, shapes and colors. So some behind the ear models
are much less conspicuous then others.
Since behind the ear hearing aids are larger then their completely
in the canal, or CIC, counterparts, they can more easily house a
bigger amplifier and much stronger battery and therefore may be
especially beneficial to individuals with a more severe hearing
loss. BTE hearing aids are also rather versatile in that they come
in the most traditional analog style as well as in the recently
popularized digitally powered style of hearing aids.
When budgetary constraints are an issue, behind the ear devices
definitely win out over hearing aids which fit completely in the ear
canal. Due to their larger size, other groups of people to whom BTE
hearing aids have more appeal then CIC models include the elderly,
arthritis sufferers and others with fine motor control disabilities
and related issues.
Finally since CIC models necessitate the wearing of a heavier device
in the canal then just the lightweight ear mold attached to BTE
hearing aids, there tends to be less ear canal irritation with the
In the late 1800s the first commercially manufactured hearing aids
were patented and became available to the public. The first behind
the ear hearing aids came on the scene over fifty years ago.
Prior to this, hearing aids were basically amplifiers worn somewhere
on the body and these were heavy and expensive, due in part to rapid
battery consumption. With the advent of the smaller junction
transistor in 1952, widespread BTE hearing aid use became more of a
Due to improvements in the technology of circuitry,1964 saw another
boom in use of BTE devices and the use of body worn hearing aids
dropped to less then twenty percent. By 1972 prototypes for hearing
aids which could be programmed to a variety of listening situations,
were being created. The following twenty years showed continued
improvements and advances in hearing aid technology.
Volume controls were added to most behind the ear devices in the
1990s and digital hearing aids started appearing in the mid
nineties. There has been continued new arrivals in the hearing aid
world since then such as remanufactured hearing aids, disposable
hearing aids and over the counter hearing aids. Who knows what the
future of behind the ear hearing aid technology holds, the
possibilities are endless.
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WA - Washington 98801 is the North Central Washington's best
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How the Ear Works
What a pleasure it is to hear sound... Let's take a journey
through the ear to see how this is possible.
The fleshy part of ear, the pinna, collects the sound. The sound
wave then travels through the auditory canal which funnels the sound
to the ear drum causing it to vibrate. The ear drum then amplifies
the sound by vibration of bones. It is in the middle ear where sound
energy is converted into mechanical energy. The cochlea in the inner
ear converts the vibrations into electrical impulses before sending
signals to the brain. The brain then interprets the impulses as