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http://budurl.com/amerglendalewebsite In the early 1960s my grandmother wore a BTE hearing aid. She used to say that “BTE,” which is short for behind-the-ear hearing aid, stood for that “Big Thing on …

http://budurl.com/amerglendalewebsite In the early 1960s my grandmother wore a BTE hearing aid. She used to say that “BTE,” which is short for behind-the-ear hearing aid, stood for that “Big Thing on my Ear.” We would laugh because that is all we could do at the time. There were no other alternatives for someone with her degree of hearing loss.

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  • 1.
  • 2. The Days of the Big, Bulky BTE Hearing Aid Are Over: Meet the Open Fit and RIC
  • 3. The most common style of hearing aid, primarily because it is more powerful, more comfortable and more durable than other smaller aids, the BTE’s larger size also allows it to have more features.
  • 4. It is composed of two parts:
    1. A plastic case which houses electronic components rests behind the ear and 2. A custom ear mold that sends sound into the ear.
  • 5. A few years ago the Open Fit hearing aid was introduced.
    While still a type of aid worn over the ear, the part of the hearing aid that fits behind the ear is much smaller.
  • 6. Since the ear canal is more “open” and is not completely filled by an ear mold, a more natural and comfortable fit results.
  • 7. The newest type of BTE is the Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIC) device.
  • 8. These hearing aids look similar to an Open Fit, but instead of the receiver being in the part of the aid that sits behind the ear, it is placed inside a small dome that fits inside the ear canal.

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