Once you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, choosing the right hearing aid can be difficult. Today’s hearing devices come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes, and include numerous features and options. Figuring out what works best for your hearing loss is tricky – but by keeping a few things in mind, the process will be much easier.
The first step is to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. Determining your type (conductive or sensorineural) and degree (mild to profound) of hearing loss, and which frequencies are affected, will help your audiologist recommend a device suitable for your specific needs.
Your lifestyle will help dictate your hearing aid choice. Some technology levels work better in quiet settings with little noise, while others are made to stand up to the rigors of outdoor activity and can compensate better for background noise.
Cosmetic preference is another important consideration. Some patients prefer the discretion devices that are worn in the ear canals provide, while others would rather have easy access to the controls and battery compartment and do not mind wearing an instrument that is more noticeable. The goal is to wear your hearing aids consistently, so choose a style that you are apt to wear on a daily basis.