Tips for Choosing a Hearing Aid
Today there are many types of hearing aids available to meet the needs and personal preferences for those with hearing loss. Technology has developed so much that one can find a hearing aid that best suites one’s personal lifestyle. Once your audiologist determines the degree of your hearing loss, the wide and sometimes confusing selection on the market can be narrowed down to find the best match for you.
As you consider your options, here are few things to keep in mind when choosing a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Style
As you work with your audiologist you can choose from a range of hearing aids designed to address mild to severe hearing loss. Each style will have its pros and cons but in the end, it is quite easy to find the right one that will meet your needs and wants whether you want a basic hearing aid or something more fashionable and tech savvy. Here is a quick overview of three of the most common styles:
In-the-ear hearing aids can be used to treat mild to severe hearing loss. They are custom made that have two options: a full shell that fills the whole outer ear or a half shell that only fills part of your outer ear. It is more visible than the smaller in-the-canal hearing aids but they also can have a longer battery life as well as
be more customizable.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are also appropriate to treat mild to severe hearing loss. The hearing aid mechanism sits behind the ear and a plastic tube hooks over the ear and into an earpiece in the canal.
Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are very similar to the behind-the-ear models. But instead of a tube, a wire connects the mechanism to a receiver in the ear. This can be more discrete for those who are looking for a more subtle hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Design
Hearing aids are meant to amplify sounds. In general, they are all made with the same pieces and parts. Over the years, hearing aid construction has improved to better protect against the wear and tear of everyday use as well as two of common environmental problem makers: moisture and dirt. Don’t forget that an active or outdoors lifestyle results in higher perspiration. By using better materials and technology, hearing aids have improved to prevent such environmental damage to the electrical mechanisms to varying degrees. If one spends a lot of time surrounded by moisture and dirt, there are hearing aids available to protect against higher concentrations of elemental build-up.
Another important factor to consider when choosing your hearing aid is the average battery life. Not only are hearing aids made better today, but you can also include impressive add-on features like wireless connectivity to sync with your mobile devices. However this also means that higher user demands can drain the battery life of your hearing aid much faster. Also battery life is greatly affected if one is in a noisy environment for long periods of time where your hearing aids must work harder to pick up sounds. Some brands now offer rechargeable battery options, but if one is away from home or an opportunity to recharge their batteries for long periods of time, this may not be an ideal choice.
Hearing Aid Features
Finally, hearing aids today can cater to specific needs and challenges that are brought about by hearing loss. Not only are there sturdy hearing aids for those living active lifestyles but you can now include features like speech recognition in noise, echo reduction, feedback elimination, and wireless connectivity to stream phone calls, music and media directly to your ears! The opportunities are practically endless. With the help of your audiologist you can choose a hearing aid that can be customised and adjusted to be a one-of-a-kind tool made just for you!