Things to Consider When Selecting Hearing Aids

Kate Marnell, HIS
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Getting a new hearing aid can be scary when it’s your first time. We know we have to have one when our hearing begins to fail us. You’re not alone in the hearing battle as nearly 40 million people face the same challenges. It often occurs as we age, and there’s not much we can do about it. However, you do have the choice of selecting a hearing device that works for your lifestyle and wallet. Consider some of these things when choosing a hearing aid for your needs.

Comfort

Try to pick a hearing aid that fits comfortably in your ear. No one wants a device that leaves their ears in pain. Look for those that settles perfectly in your ear. It should be easy to operate as well. You’ll find comfort and peace of mind when you don’t have to constantly fiddle with your device each day. Test out a few when at your hearing professional’s office. Try them for a month or a week to see what happens. This is the best thing you can do for yourself so you don’t get locked into a bad hearing aid. Comfort should be at the top of your list when looking at hearing aids.

Advice

Do you know anyone that wears a hearing aid? If so, consult with them to get advice when buying your first one. You might be surprised to learn a friend has worn one the entire time you’ve known them. Seek out their suggestions on what to look for in a device. Listen to their challenges, and those features to avoid when deciding which device is best for you in your life. Ask about how well the device works with their lifestyle and how sturdy it is. Does it enhance their hearing and make their surroundings better?

Price

Always consider the prices when looking at hearing devices. No one says you have to buy the best on the market. Not all of us can afford the ones that make life wonderful. However, you can still find a hearing aid that does the job. It might be helpful to know how bad your hearing is before purchasing a device. Are you at the low spectrum where you may only wear the device in places where you need to hear? Some of us might need it for daily use. Find a set price you can afford and search for a device in that range.

Design

Years ago, there wasn’t much to go on when it came to looking for a hearing aid. Today, these devices are operated by our smartphones. Design is everything when looking for a hearing aid. Some wrap tightly around your ear while others can go deeper while hidden. Look at the various designs of hearing aids online to determine what kind fits your tastes. Try not to be too vain as it’s all about improving your hearing, not your social status. Pick the design that doesn’t make you feel impaired, but still gives you confidence when hearing is needed.

Use

Think about how you’ll use the device. Do you work in a job where your hearing is everything? Our lifestyle can often depict how we will use a hearing device. Some of us rely on our employers to give us sufficient hearing aids for work. What about when you come home and out in your private life? Are you a fitness fanatic where you’re always doing a rigorous workout? Your device needs to be able to stay in place and not fly off to the ground.

These are some things to consider when selecting a new pair of hearing aids. Think about the comfort of the device. Avoid those that will scratch or irritate your ear. Test a few out before you buy. Seek advice from friends or family who currently wearing hearing aids. Watch out for prices that can put you in debt when getting a hearing aid. Find a device that compliments your budget. Pick a design that helps your hearing and not your fashion sense. Consider the lifestyle you lead. A hearing aid that can stay in your ear during a marathon is a great choice.