Are in the ear hearing aids better than behind the ear?

Emma Durazzo
Anywhere Audiology

The choice between in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids depends on several factors, including comfort, sound quality, technology, and appearance. Both styles can be equally comfortable for most people, but individuals with bendy or sensitive ear canals may find BTE styles more comfortable. In terms of sound quality, both styles come with their own unique sound profiles, but BTE styles offer a wider variety of options and styles inside the ear. BTE hearing aids also typically have more advanced technological features, such as Bluetooth and rechargeability. However, some larger ITE hearing aids also offer these features. Appearance-wise, ITE hearing aids are less visible as they sit inside the ear, while BTE aids are more noticeable as they sit behind the ear. Ultimately, the choice between ITE and BTE hearing aids depends on the individual's specific needs and preferences.

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