Also known as BTE hearing aids, these are the most common hearing aid and typically the ones people picture when discussing hearing aids.  This style of hearing aid sits behind the ear and are attached to ear molds that sit in the ear opening and help to secure the hearing aid in place and provide the sound to your ears.



This style of hearing aid most common and are typically more affordable.   They offer several advantages:

  • Easier to wear regardless of age and manual dexterity
  • Good for those that have a draining ear or excessive ear wax that making wearing anything in the ear canal a problem
  • Good for those with smaller ear canals
  • Easier to clean than other models since nothing physically sits inside your ear
  • They are very versatile with different styles, sizes and colours available.
  • Is good for any range of hearing loss, including the most severe
  • Easier to control the volume manually through the controls on the unit itself


They also have their disadvantages which can include its size and visibility.  They can also be less comfortable because of their size and ear mold that bring the sound to your ear.


We carry the largest number of brands in all of Canada and therefore can provide you with the largest selection of Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids.  All of the largest brands manufacture this common style of hearing aid including Widex, Starkey, Phonak and many more.

Some come with the more basic features which can help to keep this style of hearing aid’s cost down but there are some manufacturers that have more advanced features such as excellent noise cancellation to reduce the wind noise that is common with this style of hearing aid, as well as rechargeable batteries and many other great features.



The simple answer is we don’t know.  When deciding the best hearing aid for you our hearing specialists will take several factors into consideration such as:

  • Your level of hearing loss
  • Type of hearing loss
  • Whether you also experience tinnitus
  • Your lifestyle and activities

How active you are and the types of social situations you engage in can very much influence the type of hearing aid that is best for you and the situations you need to hear In. This is where our hearing aid specialists can assist you in determine the best hearing aid while also considering your budget.  They will take the time to show you how to use your hearing aid and program it specifically for your needs.

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