Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
These hearing devices are a popular type of hearing aids.
Over the years, they have become tinier and less noticeable, making them a relatively discreet option for wearers.
Types of BTE hearing aids
Traditional BTE hearing aids come with a compact plastic casing that is worn behind the ear as well as an earpiece that is worn inside the ear canal.
How it works:
The earpiece is connected to the casing via a thin tube through which sound is delivered. To ensure that you get the best listening experience, the earpiece can be customised to fit the size of your ear canal.
This type of hearing aid is also equipped with bigger amplifiers and control buttons so wearers can adjust the programme and volume easily.
Traditional BTE vs RITE
As compared to their RITE counterpart, traditional BTE hearing aids tend to be less susceptible to moisture and a buildup of earwax.
Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids are also commonly known as miniRITE or receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids.
How it works:
The speaker of RITE hearing aids sits in your ear canal rather than inside the body of the hearing aid. The speaker is then connected to the casing through a thin wire.
Why is RITE so popular?
This type of hearing aid is popular among users as it is lightweight and more discreet as compared to traditional BTE hearing aids. It also comes in various colours to match your skin tone and hair colour.
Depending on your hearing loss condition, you may or may not be suitable for RITE hearing aids. You are advised to take a hearing test and check with your audiologist for his/her recommendation.
*Before using your hearing aids, you are advised to read and follow the usage instructions. Consult your audiologist if you require any clarification or assistance.
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