Say what? Hearing loss can be insidious.
First, it’s just a loud party where you miss a sentence, or sometimes a faint ringing in your ears. Then over time, it’s cupping your ear at parties to better hear friends close to you and asking people to repeat themselves. Other people, friends, or your partner may start to notice that you seem lost in your own thoughts when conversations are happening. When you finally visit an audiologist, you might be surprised to find you’re in need of a hearing aid.
There are so many options for hearing aids on the market that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. To help narrow down your choices to find the ideal hearing aid for your needs, consider these five things:
Like any medical device, hearing aids range in price. Hearing aids are an investment for your overall wellbeing and health, which is why you don’t want to cheap out. However, you may also not be able to purchase the most expensive option out there.
When you’re diagnosed with hearing loss, discuss with your insurance provider what kind of coverage they offer and take Miracle-Ear’s interactive 5-question quiz to help you choose the right hearing aid without compromising on the quality.
Severity of hearing loss
One of the most important considerations is the severity of your hearing loss. Once you’ve received an exam that has determined the severity of your hearing loss, you’re ready to narrow your search to hearing aids that will provide the proper amplification for your particular hearing loss.
While you want to be able to hear again, that doesn’t mean you want to sacrifice the appearance of comfort to do so. The size of and cosmetic appearance of your hearing aid is important. You shouldn’t dread wearing your hearing aid or be embarrassed by it.
Instead, it should be like slipping on your favorite sweater. Designers of hearing aids are now making their devices in almost every conceivable shape, size, and color. This allows you to be as discreet or colorful as you’d like. If you would like the ultimate in discreet hearing aids, in-ear or in-the-canal hearing can be almost undetectable. However, they can be tricky for people with dexterity issues. Sleek, behind-the-ear models are easier for those with dexterity issues but may not work for people who need glasses. It’s all about finding the best option for you!
Hearing loss can affect anyone at any point in their life, which is why hearing aids are designed to match many different lifestyles. When you’re considering a hearing aid, consider when you need it the most. Is it during loud settings like restaurants or parties? In conversations? Do you have to work outside a lot or are avid about the outdoors?
Asking these questions will help you better decide what hearing aid will work best for you.
The quality of the hearing aid
Finally, don’t overlook the quality of your hearing aid. Don’t settle for a cheaper hearing aid that doesn’t provide you with high-quality hearing support on an advanced operating platform.
Take advantage of any trial periods the company offers and consider the future of your hearing needs. Will this particular device accommodate more power for more amplification? Will it stand the test of time? Your hearing aid needs to fit your lifestyle and be in for the long run, make sure you find one that will do that for you.