Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Hearing Aids: Everything You’ll Need to Know!
While shopping for a hearing aid might be just as much fun as shopping for a new shirt, new golf clubs, or a new pair of glasses, there’s actually a little more to it. Hearing aids aren’t a one-stop purchase; it’s important to take the time to think about what you really want and need before making the investment. That’s why we wanted to share some helpful tips on what to consider before you start the search for your hearing aid. Remember, you’ll be working with your hearing healthcare professional, so the below will also help you think about what your specialists should know before they recommend some options for you to try.
Ease – Sometimes it’s just physically easier to work with certain styles of hearing aids over others. You’ll want to consider whether you might have a harder time opening a smaller battery door or finding small controls on a hearing aid. Some hearing aids even come automatically programmed, so you don’t have to worry about controls at all! Others come with a remote control, so you can still switch the settings without fiddling with tiny buttons on the hearing aid itself.
Subtlety – Would you prefer to be discreet about your hearing aids? There are all kinds of options if you value subtlety, from hearing aids that sit deep within your ear canal to tiny ones that are tucked behind your ear, just out of sight.
Connectivity – If you like to spend your mornings listening to the radio, or your evenings watching television, you may be interested in a hearing aid with the option of connecting wirelessly to other technology – so that the sound from the radio, television and even the telephone is transmitted directly into your ear!
Your Lifestyle – Maybe you often have work engagements at busy venues, or maybe you spend lots of time in cafes or restaurants with friends and family. If so, you’ll likely be looking for a hearing aid that’s specifically built to pick up voices amidst background noise. Think about what you like to do in your day-to-day life to figure out what you’ll need from your hearing aids.
Your Budget – It’s important to have an idea of the amount you’ll be willing to spend on your hearing aids, keeping in mind that they are an investment into your healthcare and well-being in the long term.
Along with each of these considerations, the major factor in your search will be your level of hearing loss – but not to worry, because once you’ve had your hearing test your hearing healthcare professional will know exactly what you need.
During a consultation at Hear for Life, your hearing healthcare professional will discuss each of these factors with you, so there’s no need to worry about remembering to mention them all. These are just tips to get the ball rolling, so that once you sit down at your hearing aid consultation, you’ll already have a good idea of what’s most important for you. Together, using all this information, you and your hearing healthcare professional will be better equipped to find your ideal hearing aid!
Take the first step and book a free hearing consultation at the clinic nearest you!