If you’ve recently visited an audiologist, you may have learned that a hearing aid will help you with your hearing loss. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, there are a variety of choices that can help you hear clearly while also fitting into your preferences and lifestyle. Take a look at these hearing aid selection tips if you’re having trouble deciding which hearing aid is right for you or if you’re not sure where to begin.
Think about your lifestyle
The majority of the time, people choose their hearing aids based on their lifestyle. For example, if you enjoy listening to music, going to the cinema, singing, or even swimming, the type of hearing aid you choose would be very different from those who have different interests and hobbies. Remember to tell your audiologist about this at your appointment, as they will be able to help you maintain what natural hearing you still have and advise you on which hearing aids to choose. They will also be able to advise you when it comes to operating your hearing aid and which would suit your personal needs as well as your lifestyle.
Think about what you can handle
Hearing aids are worn on the ears, as we all know, but some are more invasive than others, and it’s vital to identify what you’ll be comfortable with. A completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid, for example, will be much more discreet than a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. A BTE may be a better choice for you if you are uncomfortable with having a hearing aid deep in your ear canal. Again, your audiologist will be able to go over this with you in detail so you know what to look for in a hearing aid.
Have you thought about accessories?
Many hearing aids come with extras like external microphones and induction kits that can be used around the house. Do you need additional accessories in order to get the most out of your hearing aids? Students with hearing loss, for example, will often bring an external microphone to hand over to their professor so that they don’t miss out on important information regardless of where they sit in the classroom. Induction loop kits allow you to place microphones throughout your home so that you can hear things like the doorbell or your television. Consider whether hearing aid accessories would be beneficial to you, as this might influence your final decision.
What kind would benefit you the most?
Finally, some hearing aids are discreet, but may feel intrusive, while others, such as the BTE, are more noticeable to others, but much more powerful, and require few accessories (depending on the severity of your hearing loss). If you’re self-conscious about wearing hearing aids, a smaller, more discreet option like the CIC or invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids might be a better fit. Consider where you’ll be using your hearing aids the most: at work, or to drown out the noise of a large crowd so you can hear people next to you. If appearances and intrusivity aren’t a concern, your audiologist will be able to recommend the best hearing aid for your needs.