BTE Hearing Aids

A Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid is a type of hearing device that is designed to rest comfortably behind the ear. It consists of a plastic case that houses the electronic components, a tube that connects the case to an earmold or earpiece, and an earmold that fits inside the ear canal.


Here’s a general guide on how to use a BTE hearing aid:

1. Placement: The main component of the hearing aid sits behind the ear. The tube extends from the device to an earmold or a small earpiece that fits into the ear canal.

2. Insertion of Earmold: If your BTE hearing aid has an earmold, you need to insert it into your ear canal. Make sure it fits comfortably and forms a secure seal.

3. Battery Insertion: Open the battery compartment of the hearing aid and insert the battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure that the positive and negative sides are correctly aligned.

4. Turn On the Hearing Aid: Some BTE hearing aids have a switch to turn them on and off. If yours does, switch it on. Others may turn on automatically when the battery door is closed.

5. Adjust the Volume: Use the volume control, if available, to adjust the sound to a comfortable level. Start with a lower volume and gradually increase it until you can hear well.

6. Adapt to Sound: It might take some time for your brain to adjust to the amplified sounds. Start in a quiet environment, and gradually expose yourself to different listening situations.

7. Maintenance: Clean your hearing aid regularly, change the batteries as needed, and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for care and maintenance.

8. Professional Check-up: Schedule regular check-ups with your audiologist to ensure that your BTE hearing aid is functioning properly and to make any necessary adjustments.


It’s essential to read the user manual provided by the manufacturer for specific instructions related to your BTE hearing aid model. Additionally, consult with your audiologist for personalized guidance on using and maintaining your hearing aid.