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Selecting New Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Selection

Choosing a hearing aid when you are new to the whole experience can seem like an overwhelming prospect. After all, there are so many different types of device and features available today. But what matters when you get diagnosed with a hearing problem is that you choose the best hearing aid for your specific needs. Because there are so many options out there, it can seem almost intimidating to pick the perfect one. But, when it comes to choosing the right style, it's simpler than you think.

The types of hearing aid

Because there are different types of hearing aid out there, vary in price, how they fit in your ear, as well as the size and the individual features, it can seem like there's too much choice. But, while many hearing aid designers keep working at making the devices smaller, you need to think about the most common types and take it from there. There are three basic types of hearing aids, including behind the ear (BTE), in the canal (ITC) and in the ear (ITE). Each style has its own advantages and disadvantages, in addition to variations among the types, such as invisible in canal (IIC) or completely in canal (CIC) in the “canal” category of devices. Your audiologist will help you determine which device is suitable for you based on your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget needs.

Asking yourself the relevant questions

Picking a new hearing aid is dependent on your hearing ability, which can whittle down the prospects. But when you look for the ideal hearing aid, you have to ask yourself the relevant questions. What is my lifestyle? What is my working environment? Are there any limitations that can stop me getting my ideal hearing aid? This can be an issue, but upon a visit to your audiologist, they can direct you towards the best types for your individual needs.

Getting help

Getting support, either from an audiologist or a friend, can give you a better opinion of the suitable type. It's vital that you find a good provider, so you should find one that you trust. You can get referrals from health care professionals, so you get recommended a reputable one. An audiologist has to diagnose the condition and get an overall picture of the severity of your hearing difficulties. As such, they can direct you towards, not just the best hearing aid, but the best treatment to improve your quality of life. For example, tinnitus affects 50 million Americans, and the right hearing aid that can mask the symptoms and improve the sufferer’s ability to hear can be implemented in conjunction with a few other therapies. Selecting a new hearing aid isn't about improving your ability to hear, but the right audiologist will be someone you can lean on, get appropriate information from, but also, is someone you trust.

What do you want out of your hearing aid?

You need to consider your hearing needs and your lifestyle. This will determine the style of hearing aid that you need. For example, if you watch television, or it's part of your daily life to be on the computer, on your phone, either from a social perspective or as part of your work, you can take advantage of the modern hearing aids that come compatible with Bluetooth technology. This can make for a more personal and intimate experience when you're watching TV or speaking to someone on the phone. And as hearing aid technology is improving in so many ways, as well as the future of hearing aids aiming to make an incredible difference in people's lives, not just in their hearing, but by implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning, this can help to improve the health of an individual. This, in combination with the focus on making the devices smaller, so they are not noticed as much; this can mean that hearing aids may soon become even more invisible. But for now, hearing aid technology is still making waves, and you can choose one that suits you down to the ground.

Selecting a new hearing aid can be an overwhelming prospect, but this doesn't have to be the case. Your hearing aid should improve your life based on what it can do for your lifestyle. Because there are so many different advancements in hearing aids now, you can pick one it suits you in every way. To get more information about hearing aids and what they can do for you, you can contact EarTech Audiology at (801) 399-9955 to learn more.