Hearing loss is usually diagnosed as being an issue with the hearing pathway. This can occur in the outer, middle or inner ear. In Australia, up to 64% of older Australians over the age of 60 suffer from some form of hearing loss. In Australians over the age of 70, 3 out of every 4 people are suffering from a form of hearing loss. As stated by Roland Eavery, hearing loss has become so prevalent that it has become the norm (as per https://www.audika.com.au/hearing-loss/your-hearing/understanding-hearing-loss).
The sense of hearing is one of our most important senses, however, many people who are faced with the decline in their sense of hearing often choose to ignore the inevitable. Hearing loss can occur at any time, in any one however, the loss of hearing becomes more prominent as people get older. Losses in hearing can be a gradual and slow process, it can take years for the problem to become prevalent and lead to one to seek out the help and assistance to rectify their hearing.
There are four classifications of hearing loss, these are:
• Mild: this sense of hearing loss occurs when speech becomes difficult to hear or it is no longer as clear. This can be especially difficult in noisy environments or when the volume is turned up loudly on the television or stereo/radio;
• Moderate: occurs when speech sounds are unclear or soft sounds are missed;
• Severe: often asking people to repeat themselves, missing most soft or environmental sounds (such as birds chirping or the beat of the rain);
• Profound: this sense of loss of hearing is diagnosed when you are no longer able to decipher sounds and can only hear loud vibrations mostly from low frequency sounds.
Researchers have found that hearing loss is a result of many different factors. The positive news is that there are options or solutions available to help aid you when you have loss of hearing.
The Behind the Ear Hearing Aid (BTE)
One of the most common and popular styles of hearing aids is the Behind-The-Ear hearing aid. The Behind-The-Ear hearing aid is commonly referred to as the BTE hearing aid. It is suitable for all types of hearing loss. In recent years BTE hearing aids have become smaller and discreet. It also allows the wearer, depending on the severity and configuration of the hearing loss, to customise their BTE with a comfortable custom ear mould, or can be fitted with a dome that sits behind your ear.
There are many benefits to the BTE hearing aid style. Benefits can include:
• Enjoying clear sound and being able to hear/listen better to the outside environment,
• Being able to manage the noise level, the BTE hearing aid is able to analyse sounds and adjust them accordingly to the user’s preferences,
• The BTE hearing aid has become smaller and a lot more discreet, enabling the wearer to feel more comfortable about wearing their hearing aid, and
• The BTE hearing aid is now wireless enabled, allowing the wearer to discreetly change settings or adjust the volumes with a more appropriate accessory. With the current technology available, hearing aids are able to communicate with each other making the experience of wearing the BTE hearing more comfortable.
The BTE hearing aid comes in a variety of colours, styles and models allowing the wearer to choose the type the is best suited to their needs and personality. Smaller BTE hearing aid models offer complete discretion as they sit behind the ear.
BTE hearing aid models transmit sound into the ear through a discreet tube, which is linked to the customised earmold. They are comfortable, easy to mould to the wearer’s requirements and easy for caretakers to assist with and manoeuvre. As they are larger models than other types of hearing aids such as the Receiver In Canal Hearing Aids (RITE) and the In Ear Hearing Aids (ITE), the BTE hearing aids can hold more electronic components, allowing more room to house additional features and deliver better quality sound and advance performance for a wider range of hearing loss types. The BTE also has a larger battery, offering longer battery life.
The Behind the Ear hearing aid is suitable for most types of hearing losses and is recommended for all types of people who suffer from hearing loss.