If you’re selecting hearing aids for the first time, the number of choices may seem daunting. There are so many styles to choose from, and the array of programs and features is overwhelming. Don’t let the options scare you! Here are a few tips for selecting new hearing aids that will have you enjoying communication, hearing all the little sounds around you, and participating fully in every area of your life.
Shop with a Friend
When it comes to hearing aids, two are better than one, and nothing beats a second opinion. Bring your spouse, family member, or loved one along to the hearing test and hearing aid consultation. Two heads will hear and remember more than one, and you’ll need all the brain power you can get when you’re given a lot of options to think about. Your friend also knows you very well, so they can give you even more personalized advice than we can.
Decide on Your Priorities
You may think all hearing aids are the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, from sleek behind the ear and receiver in canal devices, to in the ear or in the canal styles. Some hearing aids sit so far within the ear canal that they’re nearly invisible! Your level of hearing loss and the power you’ll need from your hearing aid can be another determining factor when picking new devices.
After you know what style you’re interested in, consider what you need your devices for. Are you very active, or do you prefer a quiet cup of tea in the comfort of your living room? Do you need help hearing the TV, and following one-on-one conversations? Or maybe you attend a lot of events and want to focus on hearing in large rooms and areas with a lot of background noise. Whatever your hearing needs, there are programs designed to help in all these situations.
Your new hearing aids will help you in every area of your life, providing clear hearing in any listening environment, but deciding on your priorities can help you narrow down your choices, and get a device that’s specifically designed to tackle your exact hearing challenge.
Get A Hearing Test
This may sound like common sense, but in this day and age many people are shopping for hearing aids online or finding generic hearing aids at outlet stores. We understand that everyone wants to save a little money but the investment in your hearing and your future is worth far more than an ill-fitting, over the counter device that doesn’t actually help you hear.
Getting a hearing test is the first step to picking the right hearing aid for you. No one wants to invest in devices just to discover the fit isn’t right, they don’t match your hearing needs, or they’re simply not powerful enough for your level of hearing loss. Call us at Active Hearing & Audiology to book a hearing test and do things right. Along with testing your hearing during the hearing assessment, we’ll ask you questions about your hearing health, hearing needs, and lifestyle, so we’ll be able to recommend the hearing device that best matches your unique lifestyle and hearing needs, and you can make an informed choice about your new hearing aids.
Active Hearing & Audiology
One of the most important tips for selecting new hearing aids is to find an audiologist you trust. At Active Hearing & Audiology we do things right, so you know you can count on us. We work with some of the world’s top hearing aid manufacturers who have amazing technology that will change the way you look at hearing aids forever.
When it comes to your hearing aids, we’ll work with you until you’re satisfied, making sure the fit is right, and you know how to control the advanced features and settings to get the most out of your hearing aids. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have access to follow-up services like cleanings and tune-ups, and you can always visit us with any questions or concerns you may have. Call us today and let us help you select your new hearing aids.