How to Choose a Hearing Aid
With the right hearing aid, you’ll forget you’re wearing it. Not only does it seamlessly correct your hearing, but it’s easy to put in and take out, plus it’s have all-day-long comfort. Like wearing a pair of comfortable shoes, the ideal hearing aid is one that is functionally flawless but also a delight to wear.
There are several factors to finding the right device for you. Of course there are technical issues which your audiologist will be across, so the aid meets your hearing needs. But there are also physical factors to take into account, such as where the device sits, the size of switches, and your dexterity.
Confidence is king
If you feel self-conscious wearing the device, there’s a greater risk of it languishing unworn in a drawer. Be honest with yourself about how important appearance is to you. Now is the time to say.
There is a wide range of different styles of hearing aids, from those that are near invisible in-the-canal to the traditional behind-the-ear models. Not every model is suitable for every type of hearing loss, but chances are there’s something to suit your specific needs. Be up front with your audiologist and they’re better placed to point you in the right direction.
Comfort is key
Along with self-confidence, how comfortable the device is to wear will influence how likely you are to wear it regularly. Again, there are different types of models to suit every need. Thankfully, digitalization means that even the most powerful behind-the-ear devices as considerably smaller than they used to be, meaning less weight and better wearing comfort.
When choosing a device, discuss with your audiologist what it physically feels like to wear them all day long and what the potential problems are likely to be.
Individual ear canals
Take account of your individual ears. For example, do they produce a lot of earwax or do you dislike having things physically sitting in the ear canal? Alert your audiologist to these personal factors will enable them to better advise you.
Have you ever thought that high definition TV is all very well, but your eyes are not match for the technology?
Digitalization means miniaturization. But a teeny-tiny device can be difficult to handle and put into your ear. Likewise, the switches and dials are proportionally smaller, which can make adjustments tricky to say the least.
Then there are factors such as changing tiny batteries to think about. Again, be honest, because being unrealistic about your dexterity will backfire when it comes to using the device on a daily basis.
Consider all of the above factors, but also know your audiologist is there to help. They want you to get the ideal device and will be happy to guide the decision-making process. Know that thinking ahead about what you want will make decision making clearer for the long run.