Selecting the Best Hearing Device
A hearing aid represents a large financial investment, so you want to make sure you spend your money on the right style and features. The best way to achieve this is to select a hearing device best matched to your needs. When your device gives you confidence you are more likely to wear it daily. This means when you look at the device as a ‘cost per wear’ basis, what seemed expensive initially, suddenly becomes good value for the money.
Finding the right hearing aid for you and can be trickier than you may realize. From a variety of different styles that sit behind the ear or in the ear canal, to basic or advanced features, there are a number of things to consider when selecting a hearing aid. Luckily, you don’t have to make this decision alone, your audiologist will be able to help you choose the most suitable device for your hearing loss.
Talk to an audiologist
If you think you have hearing loss, the first step is to have your hearing tested by a qualified audiologist in your area. Once you’re degree and type of hearing loss is diagnosed, your audiologist will be able to recommend a number of different hearing aids that might be ideal for treatment.
In addition to the severity of your hearing loss, you’ll want to discuss your lifestyle with your audiologist. Are you frequently outdoors and around a lot of water? You may want to discuss a water-resistant device. Or perhaps you’d benefit more from a device with advanced programming features so the hearing aid can accommodate more easily to the different sound environments you’re in. All of these are important considerations to discuss with your audiologist before deciding on a hearing aid.
Size or power
If you have severe hearing loss then you’ll need a more powerful device. Keep this in mind when making your choices. There are many different styles of hearing aids available from nearly invisible devices worn in the canal to the more traditional behind-the-ear instruments.
Which style you chose isn’t just a matter of looks, because miniaturization comes at a price – and sometimes means a reduced ability to amplify than larger, external devices.
Basic or advanced
Would you use the device more if it made it easier to take phone calls?
Basic hearing aids amplify sound. Great. But add on features mean they can adjust to reduce wind noise, have directional microphones or even connect wirelessly to your cell phone.
Be open to the concept of adding features that make life easier because this will encourage you to use the device and get maximum value from it.