Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012

Hearing Aid Reviews: Behind-The-Ear

Behind-the-Ear hearing aid is one choice among many.

Most people are familiar with the styles and options for glasses, contacts, and even LASIK surgery, but the choices available for hearing aids including the advanced features aren't as widely known. Since treating hearing loss sooner rather than later is shown to improve mental and physical health as we age, it's important to understand features, comfort, and style before you purchase or upgrade your device. To help with this, every Friday People Hearing Better reviews different types of hearing aids, features and models. Today, we’re looking at Behind-The-Ear hearing aids, popular because of their ease of adjustment and larger battery.

Second Sense Hearing Solutions has examined and identified the following top five options available in hearing aids: in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, receiver-in-the-ear, completely-in-the-ear-canal and in-the-ear-canal hearing aids.


Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are very discreet and rest, almost like your glasses would sit, behind the ears. Because they are not limited by the space inside the ear, they can accommodate a larger, more powerful battery and amplifier. Sound travels from the outer shell of this device through a tube that inserts into the ear canal. Directional microphones, multiple listening programs, telecoil, and Bluetooth compatibility are available features.

BTE Benefits:

  • The BTE hearing aids can be used by anyone with mild to profound hearing loss.
  • Can be worn by children
  • Because of the larger body it can house greater amplification
  • Come in a variety of colors from bright and bold to colors that blend with skin tone.
  • Available with directional microphones and feedback canceling features
  • Easier to handle, clean, and remove battery
  • Can choose between digital and T-coil
  • Basic models are very affordable
  • Below are a few styles of Behind-The-Ear hearing aids reviewed to expand on features available to the average consumer.

    Agil Mini BTE and Agil Pro Mini BTE/ Behind-The-Ear

    Oticon’s Agil Mini BTE and Agil Pro Mini BTE are a unique family of premium hearing instruments suitable for all types of hearing loss from mild to sever to profound. Created to provide an ease of listening even in difficult auditory environments. These hearing instruments employ omnidirectional range technologies and newly pioneered signal processing.

    Advanced features include: Speech Guard an adaptive signal processing system that preserves speech dynamics and patterns. Spatial Sound 2.0 allows up to 10khz bandwidth for superb sound and acoustical quality and improved understanding of speech in noise, and Connect [+] wireless audiology that simplifies enjoyment of modern technologies.

    Acto Mini BTE and Acto Pro Mini BTE/Behind-The-Ear

    Automatically adapting in challenging listening situations Oticon’s Acto Mini BTE and Acto Pro Mini BTE allow users to more easily follow conversations in varying auditory environments. These discreet and elegant technologies were designed to permit wireless connectivity to TV, MP3 players, and cell phones. Their style makes them one of the most comfortable models on the market.

    Advanced features include: Binaural Communication wirelessly links and coordinates the hearing aids producing clearer and more accurate sounds while diminishing background noise. Wireless Connectivity allows hearing aids to use ConnectLine to answer calls, listen to television, and enjoy music on your MP3 with a touch of a button.

    If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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