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4 Tips for Selecting a Hearing Aid

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A hearing aid that has been carefully chosen has the ability to change the wearer’s quality of life for the better. Hearing aids are still one of the most effective treatments for hearing loss, and these days there are so many options when it comes to style, tech, and custom features available. However, while this is great, it can also mean that those with hearing loss become confused about the type of hearing aid that is right for them. Choosing a hearing aid is an important process and something that should be considered very carefully. This advice will help you to choose the ideal hearing aid for you. 

Ask someone you trust

In order to find the ideal hearing aid, the first step is to visit an audiologist who can help to determine the extent of your hearing loss and the type of hearing aid required in an unbiased and knowledgeable way. However, you may also want to get a second opinion from somebody you trust. A friend or family member could provide you with objective input. Your audiologist will be able to narrow down what is best for you based on your needs and lifestyle, but there may still be a few options available, and it’s up to you to make the final decision. Ask somebody else to help you if you believe you will find this hard. Make sure you consider things like visibility of the device, your dexterity, and whether you’ll be able to use the device easily, and anything else that could make a difference. 

Understand your priorities

By making a list of your priorities in advance, you’ll quickly be able to narrow down a list and figure out which hearing aid is right for you. Where will you most be using the hearing aid? What do you find yourself getting frustrated with the most? Would it benefit you to find a hearing aid option that offers a trial, so you can send it back and try again if it doesn’t turn out to be right for you? Are you active? Would you like your hearing aid to be water resistant? Perhaps you spend time in classrooms or similar environments. All of these things will need to be weighed up carefully so you can select the ideal hearing aid. Make sure you discuss all of your hobbies and interests with your audiologist in detail so they can make suitable recommendations. 

Always have a full hearing evaluation

You may be able to find affordable hearing aids online, but you won’t be aware of the full extent of your hearing health without an evaluation by a professional audiologist. They will provide comprehensive hearing assistance and be able to recommend a hearing aid that can be custom programmed based on what has been uncovered in your evaluation. 

Oftentimes, selecting a hearing aid from the myriad of options online, without any kind of evaluation, will leave you with an unsuitable hearing aid that you cannot return. You will have wasted money, rather than made an investment in yourself. There are many aspects of hearing health that only an audiologist will be able to treat and detect, so bear this in mind. 

Carefully consider your budget

A hearing aid is an investment in yourself and your quality of life. It can vastly improve your hearing loss, and even your connection with the people around you. Your mental health may also improve, as you are less likely to experience anxiety and depression as a result of the effects of hearing loss.

That being said, your budget does need to be taken into account. When you have an idea of what you can spend on your hearing aid, you’ll be able to narrow down which devices could be right for you, as well as the features you will benefit most from. Hearing aids can range from those worn behind the ear to devices worn in the canal.

You can also opt for features like Bluetooth, multisettings, feedback reduction and noise cancelation. Consider the value that the hearing aid will add to your life as you figure out your budget. 

Learn more about Hear Here Audiology today

If you’d like to discuss your hearing health and hearing aid options, contact Hear Here Audiology today. Our team understands how life-changing a hearing aid can be, which is why we’re happy to answer any questions and help you set up an appointment. Call us today at 727-289-1212, we look forward to speaking with you.