Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing devices are hearing devices that fit over the top of the ear. Small, thin tubing connects to the over the ear portion, runs down the front of the ear, and connects to the custom fit ear piece. The ear piece, is custom-made and often called an ear mold. It fits deeply into the outer ear canal.
BTEs fit a very wide range of hearing impairments, from mild to profound. BTEs are also a great option for persons of all ages. Children especially benefit from BTEs, in a cost-effective way. Young children who are still growing truly gain from the ability to remake the custom mold alone without having to send in the aid when the ear changes size. Old ear molds or a temporary ear mold may be used until the newer ear mold comes in and is fit. This makes this option more affordable and kid-friendly.