6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Hearing Aids
Perform a quick Google search for “types of hearing aids” and prepare yourself for pages upon pages of results. After all, many types of hearing aids exist and, while they all perform the same basic function – amplifying sound to help those suffering from hearing loss pick up sound better – the different types have variances, such as size, additional accessories and technology.
Which hearing aid is right for me?
The most effective way to understand types of hearing aids is to have a conversation with an audiologist. They will have the intimate knowledge of the types of hearing aids that are most suitable for your type and degree of hearing loss.
Factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid include:
- Nature and severity of your hearing loss: Your diagnosis will be the biggest factor when considering the type of hearing aid. Some hearing aids are suitable for all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to severe, while others are best suited for mild or medium hearing loss only.
- Lifestyle: The type of life you lead will play another large role impacting the decision of your hearing aid type. You will want to understand what daily activities are most hampered by your hearing loss (sports, social life, work environment) and choose an aid that best remedies any shortcomings.
- Technology: Hearing aids are equipped with ever evolving technology. Better technology can bring improved performance, as well as an increase in price.
- Size: Hearing aids come in a variety of different sizes. New technology is allowing manufacturers to create smaller, more discreet aids; however many of these aids require agile dexterity. If you struggle handling small items. Larger hearing aids are more likely to suit your needs.
- Styles and appearances: If dexterity isn’t an issue, you will be able to choose from a wider range of hearing aid appearances and styles, including behind the ear, in the canal and more.
Selecting your hearing aid
When choosing a hearing aid, make sure to talk with your audiologist about the above factors that are most important to you. Once you are able to narrow down some options, consider a trial-run period with your top pick. It’s important to ensure you are completely satisfied with your aids; a poor fit or failure to amplify hearing to pleasant levels often causes people to stop wearing their aids.