The Classic Hearing Aid: BTE

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The Classic Hearing Aid: BTE

  1. 1. The Classic Hearing Aid: BTEIts been over 50 years sinceSiemens debuted the world’sfirst BTE hearing aid. In thattime, the iconic style is the firstimage that comes to mind whenmost people think of a listeningdevice. This is due to itsprominent placement on the rearof the ear as well the longstanding success of the device in the marketplace.Behind the ear listening devices debuted in 1959 and have beencontinually improved since. While the industry has seen aproliferation of alternatives, this classic maintains popularity forseveral reasons.For starters, the devices "biggest in class" size allow it to beoutfitted with a full set of controls, such as volume and on/offswitches. This benefit coincides with the power such units arecapable of achieving. They are ideal for those with severe hearingloss.While the fashionista in you may abhor the aesthetics of BTEhearing aids, modern devices are not the clunkers of themid-twentieth century. Todays devices are ergonomic andavailable in an assortment of colors. A newer style of mini-BTEunits also exist, further decreasing the visibility of the hearinginstrument for the chronically self-conscious.One thing that hasnt changed about these devices are their
  2. 2. composition. Now, like then, each unit is comprised of a case,which houses the electronics, an earmold that has a tiny speakerto deliver sound and a tube used to carry sound between theother components.Depending on the device you select, behind the ear listeninginstruments are more affordable than other styles. This is nodoubt a result of their market maturity and wide availability.Not only can you get behind the ear units from giants likeSiemens, Starkey and Widex, but theyre also available frommore obscure, discount manufacturers on the web.Unlike larger companies, discount sellers arent worried aboutdeveloping the next generation of cutting edge devices, requiringmillions of dollars in research and development. Likewise, theydont have large branding or advertising costs. As a result,discount sellers are able to offer more competitive pricing on BTEhearing aids.REFERENCES:http://hearing.siemens.com/ca/10-about-us/01-our-history/milestones.jsp?year=1959 For More Information, Call Austin Hearing Services At: (512) 851-0847 Or Visit Us At:
  3. 3. http://www.hearing-aids-austin-tx.com

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