BTE vs. Open BTE Hearing Aids

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are the most common hearing aid style. They are recognized for their power and ability to accommodate wide ranging hearing loss. Traditionally, BTE hearing aids rest behind the ear and with the help of a small tube, connect to a custom earpiece that fits inside the ear canal. A frequent variation of the BTE hearing aid is an open BTE hearing aid, in which case the small tube extends into the ear canal, keeping the canal open.

BTE vs. Open BTE Hearing Aids

Today, BTE hearing aids are slimmer, sleeker, and more comfortable to wear than ever before. Let’s take a closer look at some of the characteristics of a BTE hearing aid and open BTE hearing aid model to help you find the most suitable device for your hearing needs:

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

  • Traditionally, it is the largest type of hearing aid but newer models are more streamlined and discreet.
  • The larger size allows room for more features, effective amplification, and a longer battery life, should regular batteries be chosen over the rechargeable option.
  • Commonly prescribed for cases of severe to profound hearing loss, though they are suitable for all levels of hearing loss.
  • BTE hearing aids are also often prescribed for children because as their ears grow, only the custom moulds need to be replaced, not the entire hearing aid.

Open BTE

  • Low-frequency sounds enter more naturally, with higher-frequency sounds amplified through the device. This makes it a better choice for listeners with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing impairments.
  • Does not plug into the ear like traditional in-the-ear hearing aids, creating a more natural sound when you listen to your own voice.
  • Designed for listeners with mild high-frequency hearing loss.
  • Nowadays, the RIC hearing aid has generally replaced the Open BTE hearing aid for most Patients, however it does still exist and sometimes needs to be chosen due, for example, a very small and narrow ear canal.

Whether you are shopping for your first hearing aid or replacing your existing one, discover more about hearing aids with the help of a professional Audiologist from Echo Audiology in Ottawa. Our hearing care professionals can educate you on their unique features and how the different models work. Our goal is to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding about the various types of hearing aid solutions that are available, so you can choose the best device that meets your hearing needs.

To learn more about our hearing aid products and services or how to select the right hearing aid for you, give us a call at 613-841-3033 or fill out our online contact form and we will be happy to help you.