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Which are the Best Hearing Aids for Severe Loss of Hearing?

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Hearing loss affects 15% of American Adults, a percentage that consists of almost 38 million people. Of these affected adults, about two percent of people aged 45 and over live with severe hearing loss, and potentially don’t even know it. 

It's why hearing aids can benefit more than 28 million Americans, and why more and more people deserve to know about the types best for them. 

But there’re so many hearing aids on the market; of course, finding the right one for you and your needs can be hard. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide to BTE hearing aids, commonly known as the best hearing aids currently available for people needing a solution to their severe hearing loss needs. 

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, otherwise known as BTE hearing aids, are one of the most modern forms of a hearing aid currently available on the market. They’re made with usefulness and adaptability in mind, and that’s why they’re one of the main considerations for someone with severe hearing loss. 

When a hearing aid is Bluetooth enabled, it can connect to various forms of other technology through a wireless connection. This ensures that sound quality and volume level of many outside sources a person will come into contact with during day to day life are adjusted accordingly. All in all, a BTE hearing aid allows for a much greater sense of control. 

The features that make BTE aids suitable

BTE hearing aids are much more suitable for someone with severe hearing loss due to the number of upgraded features innate in the technology. 

Whether you want to watch the TV, or you want to listen to the radio, or you need to call someone on the phone, or use a video calling app on a tablet, a BTE hearing aid allows you to connect up and stream the audio directly. BTE hearing aids have often been described as a wireless pair of headphones, thanks to how convenient they are to wear and use throughout life, no matter the age or lifestyle of the person in question. 

BTE hearing aids can be adjusted via the aids themselves, or through an app a user can install on their phone. Seeing as we live in a modern era, and very few people live without a phone in their day to day life, you’ll always be able to control the amount of sound and general comfortability of a BTE hearing aid. 

Do BTE headphones have any downsides? 

Keeping someone searching for the right hearing aid for severe hearing loss informed is incredibly important, so let’s touch on a few of the main considerations a person will have to keep in mind about BTE hearing aids. 

Of course, working a BTE hearing aid will take some getting used to. A person will have to go through some set up steps before they can connect their hearing aid to another piece of technology, and frequent visits to an audiologist or a friend who knows their way around tech may be required for help with such a matter. 

A person will also have to stay in range of a Bluetooth transmitter in order to receive the audio from a connected piece of technology. At the same time, coming into range of Bluetooth enabled technology that’s in the same room, that’s also connected to your BTE hearing aid, may mean more than one stream of audio is transmitted at once. Learning how to balance audio permissions may take some time. 

Thankfully, there’s more than one type of BTE hearing aid on the market, and talking to an audiologist about the daily situations you’ll be in where a hearing aid is required can help to combat these considerations. 

Get in touch

If you’re thinking about your hearing aid options, be sure to get in touch with us. Here at Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we want to put you first, and make sure every single one of your hearing worries and needs are put first. Learning how to use a BTE hearing aid doesn’t have to be hard when we’re on hand to help you out. 

So, if you’re not happy about your current choice of hearing aids, or you’re worried your hearing loss may be getting worse, we’ll do everything in our power to help you. We have expert audiologists on call for advice and aid. 

So, get in touch with us today. Call us at 315-496-4314 to schedule an appointment that is both convenient and efficient for you.