Now technology is more advanced, there are plenty of hearing aids on the market. Many of the manufacturers say the same thing but use different labels – all claiming that theirs are the ‘best’. The marketing hype can get confusing. Luckily, your decision can be simplified if you take into account some important factors when choosing the right device for you.
Make sure your hearing aids answer your individual needs
When it comes to selecting a hearing aid, there isn’t one standard product that suits all. Your choice needs to be based upon your specific requirements. Make sure you take into account the following key points and it should be a lot easier to make the right decision.
How severe is your hearing loss?
Those who have a mild to moderate hearing loss, may find an open fitting hearing aid more comfortable than an in-the-ear option. There are certainly plenty of styles to choose from if you fall into this category. If you have a severe hearing loss, then you should only consider purchasing a hearing device that offers plenty of amplification to meet your needs. It needs to be powerful, offering significant volume.
Are you restricted to a budget?
Hearing aids range in price, from the very basic to the all singing and dancing versions that come with a price tag to match. By working out your budget, you’ll automatically reduce your choice of device.
How does it look?
For some people, wearing a hearing aid that is clearly visible isn’t an issue. They don’t care what it looks like as long as it does the job and is comfortable to wear. There are many others who feel rather differently. Cosmetically their device needs to be invisible when worn. Thanks to recent advances in technological design, there are many more styles now available, other than the in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE). These include small behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids with thin tubing. The receiver-in-canal (RIC) style is also worth a closer look.
Hearing aids types visualised
How much maintenance do you want to do?
When it comes to looking after your hearing aid, there are some that require more maintenance than others. In-the-ear products are likely to need extra attention compared to a behind-the-ear device. Proximity to the ear canal, means moisture and wax deposits are likely to build up, hence the need for more cleaning. This factor is particularly important if you’ve got dexterity issues, as the process can be fiddly.
How much technology do you need?
Some hearing aids are packed full of the latest wireless technology. They can connect up directly or indirectly to other listening devices within your home, including mobile phones, TV’s, MP3’s and computers. Ask yourself – do you think you’ll use this facility? Will it make a difference to your hearing experience? For those who say yes, you now know this is a feature you want to look out for when choosing your hearing aid. If the answer is no, you don’t think wireless connectivity is something you’ll use, save a bit of money. You can still enjoy a good listening experience from the more basic models available.
What listening environments do you struggle with the most?
When you go about your daily life, there may be certain scenarios where you’re more likely to struggle to hear what’s being said. Perhaps you can’t follow a conversation in a crowded room, or engage on the phone. You may need to turn the TV up if you want to follow your favourite drama, making it uncomfortable for those around you. If any of these things happen, there will be a hearing aid out there to help combat the problem.
You only have to ask
Sometimes it’s a case of simply discussing your needs with a trained expert on the subject. HearingDirect have a qualified team on standby to help. They can assist you in narrowing down your options and point you in the right direction as to what would suite you and your lifestyle best. For more information, go to our website or phone .