Hearing aids come in all shapes, sizes and features, which is why your hearing test is only a small determining factor in which hearing aid is best for you.
Once test results are analyzed, we’ll whittle down your options based on some primary factors. After that, we recommend choosing a hearing aid that fits well and meets the needs of your lifestyle.
Some of the most primary factors we’ll use in whittling down your options are:
Then, there are the lifestyle factors, and these play a large role in which brand and type of hearing aid we recommend.
You may love a certain hearing aid, but learn the only place it can be serviced is directly from the seller or from that retires in two years. This makes repairs and replacement options trickier. Make sure the hearing aids you choose can have serviced easily and quickly.
If this is the case, we need to balance your ability to maneuver and insert/remove the hearing aid easily and without risk of damaging the hearing aid or yourself.
Where do you work and/or enjoy spending time?
Hearing aids are designed to serve three different lifestyles:
Identifying the category that best suits you will narrow your options.
Do you work in a noisy office, construction site or warehouse? Your hearing aid selection should focus on those that eliminate background noise. Are you a singer or a musician? You may prefer one that provides more nuanced sound quality. On the flip side, if your life is spent mainly in your own home or in mostly quiet, smaller-group scenarios, there may be no need to invest in a higher-performing, higher-tech and higher-dollar option.
It is simply not true that those with minimal hearing loss only need “basic” technology while those with need all the bells and whistles. The level of technology desired has more to do with your day-to-day lifestyle and preferences. If you don’t have a smartphone, for example, certain high-tech devices would be a waste of your money and time since you wouldn’t have access to their most important features.
Need assistance determining which hearing aids are right for you? Schedule an appointment with the Audiology department at . We’ll work closely with you to assess your needs and patiently support you in finding the best and most comfortable hearing aids for you.
Published on October 5, 2018