Choosing a hearing aid is a complicated process. Not only must you take into account the degree, type and configuration of your hearing loss—essential factors in your determination—you must also consider more subjective areas such as lifestyle needs, cosmetic preferences and budget. We are happy to help you with any questions throughout the process.
Tips for Choosing a Hearing Aid
Though hearing aids come in a remarkable variety of sizes and styles, remember that they all do the same thing: amplify sounds to improve your comprehension. When selecting a hearing aid, the following tips should prove helpful.
- Have your hearing tested. A hearing evaluation should be your first step in the process. Testing will confirm the presence of a hearing loss, and will help your audiologist determine its type, degree and configuration—information that is necessary in coming up with a treatment solution. Not all types of hearing aids will work for every hearing loss; blindly choosing a device without consulting a professional first could be a waste of money and, worse, end up detrimental to your hearing health.
- Try out hearing aids before purchasing. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first; the same applies to a major purchase such as hearing aids. You’ll need to test them out to experience the improvements they make in your hearing, how comfortable they are, how easy it is to insert and remove them, how complex their controls are, etc. Your audiologist will be happy to have you try out different styles first.
- Determine your needs. Hearing aids are available with many different features and options, from basic models to fully loaded units with all the bells and whistles. Obviously, the more options you add, the higher the price tag, so it’s important to figure out what is most important to you. Popular choices include directional microphones, Bluetooth connectivity, feedback suppression, wax guards and more. You’ll also want to take into account your type of lifestyle (active vs. sedentary), cosmetic preferences and, of course, your budget.
- Don’t forget about follow-up care. Once you find a hearing aid that meets your needs, you’ll want to ensure it fits correctly and is performing at maximum effectiveness. Buying from a reputable audiologist guarantees you’ll receive follow-up care that is crucial to your long-term success.