The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the kind and severity of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing in both ears will help you understand speech and locate where the sound is coming from.
There are many different factors to consider when selecting a hearing aid. It is imperative to consult with a hearing professional at ENT Physicians when making the decision, as we will be able to diagnose specific information about your hearing loss, and inform you of what the best options are. Consider these factors when considering the purchase of a hearing aid.
Degree and frequencies of hearing loss: – we will be able to determine your hearing loss, and can show you which models are appropriate.
Functionality: – which hearing aids are available for you may be restricted by your need for certain functions.
Ear Anatomy: – some ear canals are very tiny, making it impossible to fit a CIC or, in some cases, an ITC.
Lifestyle Needs: – if your life keeps you indoors most of the time, your needs will be different from someone who spends their days in nature.
Manual Dexterity: – for those with dexterity issues, some sizes and designs may not be ideal
Cosmetic Preferences: – hearing aids are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors, so your personal taste will come into play greatly.
Cost – hearing aids come in a very wide range of prices, so there’s something for every budget.
You and your audiologist should select a hearing aid that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Price is also a key consideration, because hearing aids range from hundreds to several thousand dollars. Similar to other equipment purchases, style and features affect cost. However, don’t use price alone to determine the best hearing aid for you. Just because one hearing aid is more expensive than another does not necessarily mean that it will better suit your needs.
Also, please understand that a hearing aid will not restore your normal hearing. One common misconception is that the aid restores normal hearing just as corrective lenses restore normal vision. As a general rule, a hearing aid usually improves hearing by one-half of the loss. With practice, however, a hearing aid will increase your awareness of sounds and their sources. You will want to wear your hearing aid regularly, so select one that is convenient and easy for you to use.