Behind-the-ear hearing aids sit on the ear or rest behind the ear. Its tube is designed to connect the hearing aid to a custom earpiece, called an ear mould, that fits in your ear canal. They are the most significant hearing aid, which makes them easy to handle and can have additional features such as directional microphones, user controls and telecoil connectivity.
They also have long-lasting battery life and may be available with a rechargeable battery. In addition, they are capable of more amplification than other styles of hearing aids. However, they are prone to wind noise feedback and are more conspicuous.
- They come with a rechargeable battery option
- They can easily connect to wireless devices
- Their speaker can be replaced separately
- They come with a telecoil option
- They are visible for those who like discreet hearing aids
- Prone to wind noise
In-the-ear hearing aids are designed to sit in the shell of the ear. There are two types of hearing aids; one that fills most of the bowl shape of your external ear and one that fills only the lower part. They are less noticeable, more compact and less susceptible to wind noise. However, their batteries can be fiddly with a shorter shelf life.
Unlike behind-the-ear hearing aids, in-the-ear aids have no additional features. For example, you can't adjust the volume. They are also susceptible to getting clogged with earwax.
In-the-ear hearing aids have no wind noise feedback at all.
- They are discreet
- They produce good quality sound
- They have no wind noise
- They are susceptible to ear wax and moisture damage
- Due to their smaller size, they can be a problem to dexterity
- They have a problem connecting to wireless devices
Both hearing aids are designed for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss. If you prefer a more discreet hearing aid, behind-the-ear hearing aids are not options for you. However, both hearing aids are excellent. If you need more clarity, consult your specialist for more advice on either of them.
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