5 Tips for Selecting the Right Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can greatly improve many people’s ability to hear environmental sounds, hear a presentation even in a crowded public setting and stop missing important parts of everyday conversations; once you start to realize how much your new hearing aids enhance your life, you’ll never want to take them off again. Considering how many hours a day you wear your hearing aids, it’s that much more important to ensure you’re choosing the right ones. Here’s some advice on making sure your hearing aids are the right fit for you in every way.
1. Start with a hearing test
Hearing aid dispensers are becoming more common. While they create an easy way for people to access hearing amplification, the testing process is often precursory – and so is the treatment. Starting with a full hearing evaluation with an audiologist is the best way to get a comprehensive treatment plan that’s catered to your hearing loss diagnosis, as well as detect any other hearing or health conditions that can’t be treated with amplification alone.
2. Bring a friend
Bringing someone with you adds some outside perspective to your decision. Often, those we spend the most time with us know our hearing needs even better than we do! Having someone to bounce your ideas off, ask for advice and help you compare or contrast the differences among devices can be an invaluable part of selecting the best hearing aids.
3. Know your priorities
With so many devices to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and distracted by flashy features or styles that might not be right for you. Keep yourself on track by making and taking a list of your priorities. Show it to your audiologist and friend or family member so they can help you keep perspective and prioritize the features and capabilities you need most.
4. Try them on
There’s nothing quite as helpful in the selecting process as being able to see how a hearing aid feels and sounds in your own ears. If your audiologist doesn’t offer, ask for a demo of a hearing aid you’re interested in. Many times, they’ll be able to program the office models to your hearing profile and allow you to test them out right in the office. If you’re unable to try them on in the office, ask if your audiologist offers a trial period.
5. Research advanced features
Advanced or additional features are nice, but they can also increase the cost of your investment. If you would only use certain features occasionally, consider whether their worth the extra expense.
Selecting a hearing aid is an important decision that will impact your everyday life for years to come, so don’t take it lightly. Keep your priorities in mind and consider the recommendations of a trusted audiologist, friends and family.