Finding the right hearing aid for your lifestyle
If you've just decided to get hearing aids, congratulations! It's a big and important step in your healthy hearing journey. But after making the decision to be fitted with hearing aids, many people are stumped about where to begin and how to find the best hearing aids for them. Here are some tips, information and questions to ask to ensure you find the hearing aids right for your lifestyle:
Before choosing a hearing aid
Before your fitting with an audiologist for your new devices, it's important that you know or understand:
Assessing your needs
Another thing to do before choosing your hearing aids is to assess your hearing loss needs. The type of device that works for you will depend on many things, including:
Lifestyle and hearing aids
Of course, another major factor in choosing the right hearing aid for you is assessing your lifestyle and which style and technological features are best for your frequent listening environments.
Active lifestyle/demanding listening environments
If you spend much of your time in demanding listening environments, there are hearing aid options out there for you. Examples of an active lifestyle include:
Some hearing aids are compatible with smart phones and have other wireless technology. You can find hearing aids that are water-resistant, and others that utilize the latest technology to enhance the clarity of speech to its fullest extent.
Casual lifestyle/moderate listening environments
For a casual lifestyle, you probably spend the majority of your time in moderate listening environments doing things like:
People who spend the majority of their time in moderate listening environments might like to have certain advanced features, such as reduction of wind noise, but often don't find use for many of the cutting-edge technological offerings, such as wireless connectivity.
Quiet lifestyle/quiet listening environments
If you live a more quiet lifestyle, you might want hearing aids that offer just the basics. Examples of quiet listening environments include:
No matter your type of hearing loss and lifestyle, an audiologist can help you find the perfect hearing aids for your budget, preference and needs. Before your hearing aid fitting, check with the audiologist to ensure that there is a trial period for the devices. That way, you can try them out at no cost, and if they aren't sufficient for your listening needs, the audiologist can work with you to find a better fit!