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Table: Listen Up


Personal Business: HEALTH

TABLE: Listen Up

TYPE OF HEARING AID DESCRIPTION

BEHIND THE EAR Most visible; a case for components hooks

(BTE) behind ear; connects to earpiece via small tube;

can be digitally programmed to regulate frequencies

so listener can distinguish sounds better

IN THE EAR Sits in the hollow of the ear; needs more

(ITE) maintenance than a BTE aid but can be digitally

programmed

IN THE CANAL Barely noticeable; requires frequent battery

(ITC) change and cleaning; cannot be digitally programmed

so amplifies all sounds equally

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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