I am 77 and have benefited from the use of ITE aids (Widex and Oticon) for approx 15 years. A reduction in hearing in the known problem areas; soft spoken people, inside moving vehicles,noisy restaurants etc. obliged me to try to find better solutions. My audiologist recommended BTE RIC aids and I have tested Widex and Belltone versions which I found to be an improvement in hearing ability but this was accompanied by two problems.
The first problem was retaining my BTE devices in place because I wear spectacles and the frames tend to dislodge the aids, on one occasion the aid fell out and under my driving seat.The remedy tried was fitting a thin plastic finger to lodge within my outer ear but the finger constantly worked its way out to protrude from my ear without my realising.
The second problem arose when the audiologist recommended an ITE retainer, unfortunately when removing the mould the skin in my ear canal was damaged and allowed a nasty ear infection to take hold, the infection has almost gone after antibiotic tablets, ear drops and anti-inflammatory medication. Presently I am using my left ITE aid but because the swelling in the canal has not completely gone I am unable to use the right aid.
I would very much appreciate advice from anyone who has a solution to the problems I have experienced, specifically;
a) Are BTE devices incompatible with the wearing of spectacles?
b) Are there better methods of safely retaining BTE aids in position, particularly during activities such as golf for mid to high handicap players?
Finally I feel that the performance of RIC aids is better and would prefer to enjoy their benefits.