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Behind-the-ear hearing aids make a comeback

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

It wasn't long ago when Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids were reserved for children and patients with significant hearing losses.

BTE hearing aids are increasing in popularity among consumers of all ages, especially among younger populations. According to Anne Singler, FTMC supervisor of audiology, more than half of all hearing aids dispensed at Fisher-Titus Medical Center are BTE style hearing aids.

Why such the resurgence? The BTE hearing aids of today are more cosmetically appealing and more durable than ever, according to FTMC audiologist Karen Green. "They are smaller in size, have a more ergonomic design, and there are a large number of colors to choose from, including hair tones and metallics," Green said. "Additionally, the earmold itself can be made with a unique material that is virtually invisible."

The department is also experiencing an increase in open-fit BTE hearing aids in populations with mild and moderate high-frequency hearing losses. An open-fit BTE hearing aid is miniature in size and utilizes a small clear tube instead of an earmold.

"Many of our younger patients and first-time hearing aid users are taking advantage of the open-fit technology," said FTMC audiologist Abbey Lynch. "Consumers are attracted to the sleek miniature design of open-fit hearing instruments, the natural sound quality, and the affordibility. Open-fit instruments are no more expensive than their traditional counterparts."

The FTMC audiology division is currently offering a promotion for all Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments. From now until Oct. 31, FTMC will waive the trial fee for all patients who participate in a 30-day trial of any BTE hearing aid(s), including the open-fit line of instruments.

For more information call (419) 660-2700 and ask for the FTMC audiology center.

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