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Types of hearing aids


Behind-the-ear hearing aids

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids have microphones that sit behind the ear. These pick up sound and process it digitally to make it louder and clearer.

BTE hearing aids with earmoulds

These send sound through a piece of clear, flexible tubing. This is connected to an earmould that is custom-made to fit inside your ear.

Who this is most suitable for

People with mild to profound hearing loss.

How to get this hearing aid

BTE hearing aids with earmoulds are available on the NHS and privately.

Open-fit BTE hearing aids

These send sound through very thin, clear tubing connected to a small, soft tip (called a dome) that sits inside your ear canal. This is known as an open fitting.

This type of hearing aid lets you hear some sounds naturally, such as low pitches, as it does not block up the ear.

Who this is most suitable for

People with mild to moderate hearing loss. It’s a good option for people who can hear low pitches well.

It’s not likely to be suitable if you have ear infections often, or find fiddly tasks awkward as cleaning them could be difficult.

How to get this hearing aid

Open-fit BTE hearing aids are available on the NHS and privately.