Your hearing is an important sense that connects you with individuals in your day-to-day life, from coworkers you have a cup of coffee with every morning to the family you come home to each night. If you’re combating hearing loss, consider how hearing aids could be the solution you need to easily communicate with the world around you again. When determining on how hearing aids could benefit your lifestyle, consider the following four facts.

1. Type and extent of hearing loss

The type and degree of hearing loss you are experiencing will determine the style of hearing aid that will be the best fit for you. The hearing aids come in a variety of different options depending on your unique hearing loss, lifestyle and budget needs, including:

  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)

2.Your lifestyle

In addition to factoring in the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing, you should also consider your lifestyle when selecting hearing aids. 

If you spend most of your time within the home, with or without others, the hearing aid style may be less important to you than the features it has. Many digital hearing aids today come with Bluetooth capabilities, allowing them to directly connect to your phone, music, and television. This reduces feedback and also allows you to enjoy your favorite programs without disturbing other members in the home. 

For those with more active styles, smaller styles of hearing aids, such as ITC, CIC, and IIC may be better options due to being less discrete and less susceptible to wind noise. 

3. Visibility preferences

If you’d prefer to keep your hearing aids private, a smaller, in-the-canal device would best suit your needs. To determine exactly which device is best for you, consult your ideologist to get a better idea about which options are available to you. If you have severe hearing loss, some more compact BTE hearing aids have been introduced to the market in recent years.  

On the other hand, if you’re not as worried about the visibility of your hearing aids, then you have a wide range of styles and price points available to you, making BTE and ITE styles an option as well. 

4. Extra features

Modern hearing aids have come a long way and now offer a wide range of extra features to improve the quality of life of users. Popular features include: 

  • Bluetooth capability for phone calls, music, and television
  • Tinnitus-masking
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Environmental noise reduction

Schedule an appointment with your audiologist to discuss these factors and determine which combination of style and features is right for you.