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I have a severe to profound loss in both ears. I've always worn the full shell ITE aids. I like the convenience of not having the electronics hanging on my ear. Could I get better hearing or power by going with a BTE?

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Timothy Charles Steele, PhD

Audiologist in Overland Park

14 September 2017 - 185 Views

Without consulting in person by examining your test results, discussing your preferences or seeing your ear canal, the most likely answer to your question is yes.  Behind-the-ear hearing aids have more power because of the amplifier size but because the microphones are separated farther from the receiver/output, you can likely achieve higher gain without as much risk of feedback.  In addition, with the components behind your ear there may be more room for additional accessories such as Blue-tooth antenna, etc...Behind the ear technology often has... Read more

We are considering a behind the ear hearing aid for my adult son with special needs. There are times he removes his glasses and we're concerned that it might be an issue. What suggestions do you have for wearing both hearing aids and glasses?

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Mark Conradt, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Neenah

25 April 2017 - 407 Views

How old is your son? Does he have a headband connected to his glasses? Generally glasses do not present a problem. Thin bows are better than wide thick bows. On some occasions you can have your optometrist take a look and maybe make adjustments to his bows. Also, I have seen some parents use a small amount of Velcro. Oto Clips are available through Westone labs and that would prevent loss.