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