Factors to consider when buying hearing aids (DOC) by arriffandy

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Factors to consider when buying hearing aids

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Information on buying hearing aids.


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hearing aids, hearing aid, digital, buying


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There are a number of factors to consider when buying hearing aids. Below
is a list of seven factors to consider:

Severity of hearing loss

This is one of the most important factors to consider is the nature and
severity of your hearing loss. Your hearing professional can help you
understand your unique loss characteristics, and explain the models that
would best suit your needs. This may involve undertaking a number of
hearing test to determine the extent of the hearing loss and most
suitable product.

Lifestyle

It is important to think about you lifestyle and when the hearing aid is
to be worn. What are the things you do that are most affected by hearing
loss? Does you hearing prevent you from undertaking certain tasks or
activities? Does you loss of hearing effect your job? Discuss your needs
with the hearing expert who can recommend products which suit your
lifestyle
.
Technology

The quality of the sound is perhaps the most important consideration.
With advancements of digital hearing aids the quality of the sound can
often be fined tuned to suit your needs. Again the hearing expert will be
able to help you assess the level of sophistication you need based on a
range of issues.

Size

Hearing aids are now often very small and discreet. However, if your
eyesight or dexterity is less than what they used to be, size may indeed
matter. As a vey small hearing aid may be to fiddly to control.
Alternatively, some new instruments adjust automatically or via remote
control.

Appearance
Hearing aids now come in a variety of sizes, from tiny, completely-in-
the-canal models to those that sit behind the ear. Many people are overly
concerned about appearance, and it’s wise to remember that others will be
far less aware of your aid than you. Most hearing aids are quite
discreet. Consider the functionality and improvement in hearing, rather
than just appearance.

The ear

The size and shape of your outer ear and ear canal may also influence
your selection of a hearing aid. For example, if your canal is extremely
narrow, in-the-canal aids may not work for you. Your hearing professional
will help determine which hearing aid options are appropriate for you.

One ear or two ears?

Two ears are better than one, since binaural, or two-ear hearing, is what
helps us determine where sounds are coming from, and to distinguish
between competing sounds more easily. If you have a hearing loss in only
one ear, you may be fine with one hearing aid. Age- and noise-related
hearing loss tend to affect both ears, but your hearing profile for each
ear is probably different. If there is a loss in both ears, then you will
benefit more with a binaural approach. In addition, some of the benefits
of digital technology require two hearing aids.

Today, about two-thirds of new purchasers opt for dual hearing aids, and
as a group, they report a higher level of satisfaction than purchasers of
a single aid. Discuss the pros and cons with your hearing professional.

								
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