Hearing Instruments - Bte Hearing And Oticon Dual Mini

| Thursday, March 17, 2011
By Joanne Wren

Hearing aids are made of different types to meet various needs of people who suffer from hearing loss. These ear pieces are made in different styles, which include: Receiver In The Ear (RITE), Behind The Ear (BTE), Completely In The Canal (CIC) and In The Canal (ITC). Each of the styles and types are made the way they are to meet specific needs of hearing loss patients. The BTE hearing aid for instance is usually used for addressing mild to acute hearing losses.

The other types of hearing aids also have their areas of competence or suitability, which ranges from compensating for mild or moderate to not so severe and severe hearing losses. A dual mini series from Oticon INC., for instance is made as a Receiver In The Ear (RITE) hearing aid and this instrument is designed to meet the needs of people suffering from serious hearing loss and high frequency hearing loss.

This is the reason why Oticon says this product offers a better choice of a BTE hearing aid because it produces less confusing sound caused by tube resonance. What does this mean then? Is this saying that right in the ear hearing aids are better than behind the ear models?

No!!! because every type of hearing aid does have an advantage, benefit or function that makes it the best choice in a given situation. Consequently, hearing aid choice is often hinged on particular situations with other factors considered.

To elaborate a bit further, it will be kind of necessary for you to appreciate the benefits or if you like functions that each type or style of hearing aid offers.

There are three important benefits that you can get from a BTE hearing aid that a RITE dual mini will not give you. First, its ear molds can be easily replaced when it no longer fits the user as a result of the person outgrowing it (this why it is often used by children). Secondly, they are not subjected to spoilage from wax in the ears like RITE models since electrical parts are not in the ear.

The third advantage is that they are cost-effective because they are usually cheaper to buy, replace or adjust. One major disadvantage of this type of hearing instrument is that it is not discreet like the oticon dual mini or other RITE aids.

An advantage that RITE technology has for users is the non-distortion of sound that you will find in BTE hearing aids. This comes as a result of the receiver or speaker's position, which is found right inside the ear so sound from outside need not travel through a tube as it is with BTE models.

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