Which Hearing Aids are Right for Me?
The right hearing aids for you depend on your hearing test results, your lifestyle, your expectations, personal preferences, and previous experience with hearing aids, if any. There is often more than one option at different price points for each person.
Hearing test results: The degree of your hearing loss will determine which styles may work best for you, with smaller models generally suited for less significant losses and larger styles suited for any degree of hearing loss, including severe and profound. The shape of your hearing loss may also determine the best model for you – an open-fit mini BTE fits well for gently sloping losses with normal low frequency hearing, while standard BTE models are generally recommended for steeply sloping losses.
Lifestyle: Generally, more advanced hearing aids are designed for people who encounter many different listening situations with varying degrees of background noise. Premium hearing aids that offer the most advanced and automated features are designed for people who want the best possible performance in many different listening environments, and prefer not to have to adjust their hearing aids throughout the day. For sedentary people who are mostly at home with little background noise, basic models may be recommended.
Preferences: Do you want hearing aids that are nearly invisible, or are you not so concerned about how they look? Do you prefer to have control over the volume and setting of your instruments, or would you prefer automated models with “hands free” operation? Do you prefer a small model that may require more frequent battery changes, or would you prefer a larger style will less frequent battery changes? These are just a few things to consider when it comes to personal preferences.
Previous experience: If you loved your last pair of hearing aids think about what you loved - was it the style, the sound quality, the convenience? Where would you want improvements with new hearing aids? Asking yourself these types of questions will help determine what you need in new hearing aids to give you the same level of, or even greater, satisfaction.
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What is key to understanding all of these factors is to find a professional who can guide you through the process. Here at Healthy Hearing, we can help. We will send you our comprehensive free guides. It is completely free and will give you all the information to take the next step towards Healthy Hearing. Why wait? Get the help you need.