Things to Consider when Selecting Hearing Aids

Things to Consider when Selecting Hearing Aids

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A
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Are you looking for a new pair of hearing aids? Although they are an investment, hearing aids can make a massive difference to your life, helping you reconnect with your loved ones and the wider world.

There are so many things to consider when researching hearing aids that it can quickly get overwhelming. To help you decide, here is a guide to points to consider when buying new hearing aids.

What do you want from your hearing aid?

Before you decide, you have to be sure what hearing problems you are trying to solve. Are you looking to catch up with friends in noisy places? An option for background noise reduction would be useful. Are you looking to watch TV with your family but want a little more volume? A Bluetooth connection might be your friend. Take the time to answer these questions, and you will have already substantially narrowed your scope of options.

What is your level of hearing loss?

Perhaps the most crucial factor when choosing the right hearing aid is the extent of the hearing loss. To figure this out, you should book a hearing test with us, and stick to hearing aids that are best suited for your particular hearing loss. For example, if you have a severe hearing loss, then your options for hearing aid types will be smaller than if you had a mild hearing loss.

Can you afford the convenience of rechargeable technology?

Rechargeable hearing aids have become very popular in the past few years. Thanks to lithium-ion technology, they now boast surprisingly long battery life and ease of operation. You only need to put your rechargeable hearing aids in your unit overnight and wake up to a fully charged device. Some models last at a single charge for up to 24 hours!

That being said, hearing aids using conventional hearing aids are just as efficient as hearing aids that can be recharged. Just be sure to bring you an extra pair of batteries whenever you’re out. For those who will be using their hearing aid sparingly, conventional batteries are a solid choice.

Which size/feature combination are you comfortable with?

The fact is, there is no perfect hearing aid. Just because a hearing aid offers the best features, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s the perfect fit for your needs.

Most people will have to end up deciding on the specific size versus the number of features they are looking for.

Generally, the more discreet the hearing aid, the fewer features and shorter battery life it is likely to have. Conversely, the more features and longer battery life a device has, the more prominent the device needs to be to fit the technology in. That is not to say that modern hearing aids are the same size as the bulky behemoths your grandfather wore (far from it!), but you will need to decide on whether to choose one over the other or a balance of the two.

When do you get to pay for them?

Hearing aids have the potential to boost the quality of life significantly in many ways, but they are generally not covered by your insurance. Coming up with a financial plan to pay for your aids is extremely necessary.

Some hearing service providers may offer reimbursement solutions to help alleviate some of the initial expenses, but still buying hearing aids is still a financial commitment for both.

Having a plan for how to pay for your assistance as well as setting a monthly budget would help ease the cost pressure and also allow you to cushion any financial burden associated with this essential health device.

Do they fit, right?

Once you have selected a hearing aid model, you must get the fit right. If they don’t fit properly, you’ll receive unwanted feedback or whistling, so you’ll need to continue to see your hearing health specialist until everything sounds just right.

If you are considering getting hearing aids hearing aids, please contact us at Audiology Central today! Our helpful team is here to help you find the right technology for your requirements.