Behind-The-Ear and Open Fitting

The Behind-the-Ear, or BTE, is one of the most versatile hearing aid styles available. There are three main styles.

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

 

These devices are the smallest and most popular of the Behind-the-Ear hearing aid styles. This small size is achieved by moving the speaker (receiver) to be placed inside the ear canal, connected to the body of the hearing aid with a slim wire. This device is a lightweight, comfortable and discreet hearing aid and gives you the most natural sound quality. These hearing aids often come with a dome but can be customised with an ear mould to fit comfortably within the ear canal, meaning they are suitable for people with a wide range of hearing losses.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) with thin tube

 

This Behind-the-Ear with a thin tube is very similar to the Receiver-in-the-Canal device. The only difference is that the speaker is not placed in the ear, so this device comes with a thin transparent tube to transmit the sound, and a dome that fits within the ear canal. As with the Receiver-in-the-Canal, this device can be customised with a cosmetically appealing ear mould to suit a wide range of hearing losses. Due to the device being behind the ear and domes being cost-effective and easily replaced, it can be a good alternative for people who tend to have wax build-up.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) with Mould

 

The Behind-the-Ear with Mould is a strong and robust device. The receiver, microphone and amplifier are all housed in a shell that sits behind the ear, channelling sound into the ear canal through a transparent tube and custom-made ear mould. The ear mould is made uniquely to fit perfectly for the ears for a comfortable and secure fit. These devices are best suited to individuals with more severe hearing losses or who have difficulty with their vision or dexterity as they are powerful and easy to handle and keep clean.

This is how the behind-the-ear hearing aids will appear during everyday use: