If you've never purchased hearing aids before, choosing a hearing aid can seem overwhelming. Rechargeable or battery-operated? What features do you need and want? How do you find the hearing aid that is right for you at an affordable price?
They are all valid questions, and all questions we can help you answer.
When considering a hearing aid, here are a few things you should think about:
Your Level of Hearing Loss
Do you have mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss? Most of our hearing aids are designed to help people with mild to moderate hearing loss, but we have hearing aids available that we recommend for more severe levels of hearing loss.
The best way to ascertain your type of hearing loss and the level of hearing loss you're experiencing is to get your hearing tested. You can have your hearing tested by an audiologist or doctor. You can also use an online hearing test to gauge your level of hearing loss (an online hearing test does not constitute an official diagnosis and the results should not be treated as such.)
Types of Hearing Aids
Decide what type of hearing aid you want and need. Do you need a hearing aid that goes inside your ear canal (CIC hearing aid) or a hearing aid that sits behind your ear (BTE hearing aid).
Is having a rechargeable hearing aid important to you? Or do you prefer a battery-operated model? When considering your options, take your lifestyle into account.
Some people prefer rechargeable devices because they don't like having to keep up with battery replacements on a regular basis. Others prefer battery-operated models because they like being able to carry spare batteries along on a camping trip or hiking excursion - places where they may not have access to electricity for a recharge.
Those are just examples. You know your lifestyle and needs better than anyone, so consider the possibilities before making a choice!
Your Technology Comfort Level
When it comes to technology, do you like to keep things simple? Or do you like to learn about new features and gadgets?
If you are comfortable using technology with your hearing aids, you may want to try wearing devices that can connect with your smartphone or your TV. Hearing aids that offer wireless connectivity allow you to stream music or phone calls, which some people find very convenient.
What’s most important to you in a hearing aid? Do you value budget options? Convenience? Advanced technology?
If you are an avid TV watcher who likes to stay inside, you may need a different hearing aid than a social butterfly who likes to spend time in loud groups and environments.
Think about how you want your hearing aids to work for YOU. Hearing aids are much more than just a listening tool. They are an accessory you’ll likely wear every day, and to get the best listening experience, it’s important that you choose the hearing aid that is right for your lifestyle.
If you still aren't sure which hearing aid is right for you, we are here to help! We can answer all your hearing care and hearing aid questions over the phone! Give us a call at 1 (800) 804-0434.