These hearing aids sit behind the ear. The sound comes through a wire, thin tube or tube that runs over the top of your ear and into your ear canal.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are the most common type of hearing device.

  • What is it like to have behind-the-ear hearing aids?

    Modern behind-the-ear hearing aids are very small. They are so light and discreet that they’re almost unnoticeable.

    When people get hearing aids, they start noticing sounds that they haven’t heard before. They also feel less tired and become more active.

    Controlling behind-the-ear hearing aids

    Most behind-the-ear hearing aids have a button to control them with.

    You use this to adjust the volume and select different programs. Programs are to help you hear well in different situations. Although most noise control is automated, it can help to have a special program for when you are in very noisy places, or when you watch TV. Programs are set by your hearing care professional when you have your hearing aids fitted.

    To turn on or off hearing aids that sit behind the ear, you typically open the battery drawer, which disconnects the power.

    Rechargeable hearing aids don’t need to be turned off. You simply put them in their charger at night.

    For the behind-the-ear hearing aids with Bluetooth, you can control the hearing aids using a hearing aid app for iPhone and other smartphones.

Behind-the-ear hearing aid review

When Clare got behind-the-ear hearing aids, they changed her life.


What kinds of behind-the-ear hearing aids are there?

It can be confusing to find which hearing aid is best for you, but don’t worry. It is very simple once you understand the basics. Here they are.

  • Which kind of hearing aid do I need?

    Our hearing aids are behind-the-ear hearing aids or in-the-ear hearing aids.

    To choose the best type of hearing aid for you, try our quick and easy guide here.

  • Where to buy hearing aids?

    The best behind-the-ear hearing aids are only available through a hearing care professional. They are trained to test your hearing and fit you with the right kind of hearing aids.

    How much does a hearing aid cost?

    We wish we could help more, but unfortunately, it’s very hard to give you a hearing aid price.

    This is because the cost of your hearing aids will depend on many things that we don’t control.

    Many people can get their hearing aid costs paid for through their health insurance or through another agency. Some people can get part of the price of their hearing aids paid for.

    The best way to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance is to ask a hearing care professional or audiologist.

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The best behind-the-ear hearing aids are digital hearing aids, with a minicomputer to process the sound.

Unlike some over-the-counter hearing aids, Oticon hearing aids don’t just amplify all of the sound. First, they reduce the noise – and only then do they send high-quality sound to your ears.

See Oticon’s behind-the-ear hearing aids

Bluetooth hearing aids

Behind-the-ear hearing aids can be Bluetooth hearing aids. This means they can connect to other devices wirelessly.

You can stream sound into your hearing aids from your TV, use your hearing aids to make phone calls, and much more.

See Oticon’s Bluetooth hearing aids

Rechargeable hearing aid batteries

Some behind-the-ear hearing aids give you the option of rechargeable batteries.

A rechargeable hearing aid means you don’t have to change the batteries every week or so. You simply put your hearing aids in their charger at night and wake up to full power for the day.

See Oticon’s rechargeable hearing aids

Free online hearing test

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