How do behind-the-ear hearing aids work?

With a behind-the-ear hearing aid, the bulk of the technology is located in the outer case. It contains the microphone, amplifier and battery. From this case, a thin plastic tube carries the sound down into your ear, connecting to either a custom ear mould or a soft silicon dome. This tube is generally transparent to make it harder to see.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids differ from receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids because everything electronic is kept outside of the ear. By increasing the distance between the microphone and the speaker in your ear (known as a receiver), the amount of feedback at lower volumes is reduced.

Are behind-the-ear hearing aids right for me?

Thanks to great advancements in technology, behind-the-ear hearing aids are now far smaller and more discreet than they used to be. Whilst significantly slimmed down, these new style hearing aids are certainly still suitable for anyone who wants an easy to adjust device.

They remain large enough to accommodate buttons, dials and sliders (varies according to the model) which you can press to alter the volume or select the required programme. Programmes are essentially a saved list of specific settings for a particular environment or activity, such as listening to music. For further control, some more advanced models of behind-the-ear hearing aid can connect to remote controls or smartphone apps.

The larger size of behind-the-ear hearing aids in comparison to other styles has the added benefit of allowing for bigger batteries. Larger batteries means longer battery life and greater power. Ultimately, this can be cost-saving. The powerful nature of behind-the-ear hearing aids means that they are often the most suitable type of hearing aid for profound hearing loss.

Behind-the-ear hearings aids are one of the most reliable forms of hearing aid because they are unaffected by earwax and dead skin cells. For the same reason, they are often the ideal hearing aid for anyone with a narrow ear canal.

If you’re concerned about wearing glasses with your hearing aid, speak to one of our highly experienced hearing aid dispensers. They will be able to recommend models of hearing aid which can be altered accordingly.


Can behind-the-ear hearing aids connect with other accessories?

Yes, they can. Perhaps most significantly, behind-the-ears can generally support telecoils. These small coils are fitted within the outer case and act as antenna to pick up specific signal in your environment. These signals are sent out by technology known as an induction loop, which can generally be found in public spaces like post offices, speaking events or concerts. Once you’ve connected to the induction loop, the sound is directly transmitted into your ear without interfering and confusing background noise.


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