Choosing the right hearing aid is critical to ensuring that you get the maximum value for your money. Your hearing is incredibly important and even a subtle improvement can make all the difference to your quality of life.

There are a number of different hearing aid styles you can choose from, but a behind-the-ear (BTE) device is one of the most popular because it suits most types of people. However, there are still a number of pros and cons to consider before you make your final decision.

The pros of BTE hearing aids

Suitable for any degree of hearing loss

The main reason that so many people choose this type of hearing aid is that no matter how profound your hearing loss is, it is still likely to be suitable for you.

Suitable for children

The BTE hearing aid is easy to put on, making them ideal for children with mild-to-profound hearing loss. And, because the hearing aid is easier to handle, older adolescents should be able to change the batteries themselves when they need to.

Fewer issues with feedback

As the microphone and the receiver are kept further away with this model, there is usually less feedback. This makes using the hearing aids much more comfortable for the wearer and other people are unlikely to hear the hearing aids too.

Less likely to require repairs

As BTE hearing aids are slightly bulkier, they also tend to be more wear resistant and are less likely to require repairs. This is ideal for people who require hearing aids, but are worried about breaking a more delicate model.

Easier to clean

Though most BTE devices have more components than other styles, they are simple to clean and maintain. Take care of tubing and make sure you use a dry cloth or brush for the best results.

The cons of BTE hearing aids

The aid is more visible

The main reason that some people prefer other models is that the BTE hearing aid is worn outside your ear, making it easier to see. This type of hearing aid also comes in a wide range of colors so you can find something that suits you skin tone or embrace your fun side and pick something a bit wilder! However, many audiologists offer miniature versions of the BTE, to better suit everyone’s preferences.

More upkeep is required

Like all hearing aids some upkeep will be required to ensure that the aid continues to work perfectly for you. If you have an ear mold, you will need to have new molds taken every couple of years to ensure that the fit is spot on. You will also need to replace tubing every so often.

Talking through the pros and cons of each type of hearing aid with your audiologist is the best way to choose the right device for you.