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3 Frequently Asked Questions About BTE Hearing Aids

a bte hearing aid being fitted

When you are getting a hearing aid fitted, there are a lot of things that you need to bear in mind. One of the major ones is which kind of hearing aid you are going to get fitted, and there are a few major types to bear in mind. One of the most common of these is known as BTE, or behind-the-ear, and there are many benefits to this type of hearing aid.

In this post, we’ll take you through a few of the most frequently asked questions related to BTE hearing aids, so you can ensure you are ready for yours.

Should I Get a BTE Hearing Aid?

The ultimate decision about what hearing aid to get, if any, is down to you and your audiologist. But there are certain benefits to having a BTE hearing aid that you might want to consider, and this could help you in trying to determine whether it’s the right choice for you.

Firstly, BTE hearing aids are relatively sleek and discreet, meaning that it is not going to be obvious you are wearing one. You also have a decent amount of user control with a BTE, especially compared with some other types. So, while it is hard to say whether you should personally get one or not, there are definitely upsides to doing so.

How Do I Maintain a BTE Hearing Aid?

Whatever kind of hearing aid you end up with, you are always going to have to look after it properly. With a BTE hearing aid, this is a relatively simple and straightforward affair, especially compared to ITE or ITC hearing aid types. To maintain your BTE hearing aid, all you really need to do is wipe down and clean them every night, which is an easy job thanks to the hearing aid being on the outside of the ear.

Beyond that basic clean, you just need to also keep an eye on the parts and replace any that might need replacing. That shouldn’t need to happen too often, and when it does need to happen you can be sure that it’s easy to find the right parts.

How Can I Change the Settings on My BTE Hearing Aids?

You will of course always need to know how to control and change the settings on your hearing aids, and the good news is that this is very easy to do with BTE hearing aids. Depending on the brand and model you have, this will vary slightly, but it is generally pretty much the same. You just need to either use the remote control feature that you might have with your hearing aid, or use the controls on the outside of the device itself.

If you are looking for a more permanent kind of change, that could require that you speak to your audiologist to help you out. Remember that they are always there to help with those kinds of things, and with wider hearing aid issues in general.