Due to the popularity of the RCA OTC hearing aids, I've decided to write a review on these hearing aids and see if they're worth the hype. For now, I'm still gathering information, but a full review is coming. In this preview, I'll quickly dive into the most noticeable features … [Read more...] about RCA OTC Hearing Aids Review
Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
Hearing aids come in different configurations, but Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids are the standard configuration. For most people, when they think of hearing aids, they envision this type. As the name suggests, a BTE hearing aid is tucked behind your ear, so it’s not very visible (although that can depend on the size). The microphone(s) on the device capture sounds, which are amplified and then transported through a hollow tube into the ear canal.
BTE hearing aids come in different sizes. Newer models tend to be smaller. Most hearing aids have controls on the devices, which allow you to adjust the volume and other settings.
Advantages of BTE Hearing Aids
- Versatile - most hearing aids use this configuration, and these hearing aids often have the most extensive features.
- Subtle - just how subtle the BTE hearing aids are, depends on the model (and your hair or skin tone, for example). In general, especially smaller BTE models are rather subtle.
Disadvantages of BTE Hearing Aids
- Feedback when adjusting volume or listening mode - because you need to reach behind your ear to make adjustments, your cupped hand can cause feedback (a high pitch ringing noise). Most models combat feedback, but it can still pose a problem. App-controlled hearing aids help with this problem, too.
- Lesser quality - although the sound quality of these hearing aids is great, a similar setup (the RIC hearing aids) have a qualitative edge.
BTE Hearing Aid Models
Most normal hearing aids are those hearing aids. In fact, hearing aids usually have this configuration, unless indicated otherwise. The best current models include:
- MDHearing VOLT MAX - a great example of how many features these hearing aids can hold. The VOLT MAX combines the most features for a good price.
- Neosonic B10 - the best budget model on this website is also a BTE model.
- Otofonix Sona - the Otofonix Sona gives you a smart rechargeable hearing aid for a great price.
To people regularly browsing the internet for hearing a often aids (that’d be me), the Otofonix Helix looks quite familiar. The setup of a pair of BTE hearing aids with a sleek charging base had a brief popularity, before the rechargeable travel case because the norm. Although … [Read more...] about Otofonix Helix Hearing Aid Review
Otofonix is one of the more established brands in over the counter hearing aids. With the Elite, Encore, and Helix, this brand has offered two top-shelf amplifiers and an affordable option for years. Now, the Otofonix Sona has been added to Otofonix’ catalogue. This new amplifier … [Read more...] about Otofonix Sona Hearing Aid Review
The Lucid Hearing Enrich is one of the few hearing aid models that the Lucid Hearing company offers. Compared to the Engage and the Lucid fio, the Enrich is a more affordable model. With a price just under $300, the Enrich is the company’s budget model - and it looks the part. If … [Read more...] about Lucid Hearing Enrich Hearing Aid Review
The Lexie B1 Bose was about the most exciting hearing aid I’d ever seen. It had everything, except for one feature: it isn’t rechargeable. The people over at Lexie must have been reading my review and decided to fix their one mistake. The Lexie B2 Bose is just as exciting as the … [Read more...] about Lexie B2 Bose Hearing Aid Review