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How to Choose the Best Hearing Aids
Choosing the right hearing aid for you can make all the difference in improving your hearing health and allowing you to regain some or all of the hearing loss you are experiencing. While many people associate hearing aids with the bulky plastic devices of the 80s and early 90s, these days, technology has allowed hearing aids to evolve and for manufacturers to offer a wide range of features and benefits.
However, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to choosing the best hearing aids. What is right for one person may not work for someone else, so you need to talk to your audiologist to get the right design and features for you.
These tips will help you choose the best hearing aid for you.
Pin Down Your Must-Have Features
Hearing aids offer a wealth of different features that can be narrowed down to exactly what you need it to do based on your lifestyle. Many options are available, such as direct audio input, wireless connectivity, remote controls, automated adjustments, noise reduction and directional microphones. You should consider the most significant impact on your quality of life, so you know what features will work for you.
Choose The Style
Hearing aids come in many different styles; however, three main types are the most popular: behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and the canal (ITC).
BTE is precisely how it sounds, and the hearing aid sits partially behind the ear with an earpiece in the ear canal. ITE hearing aids sit in the outer bowl of the ear for a more discreet option and ITC hearing aids are for those who prefer their hearing aids to be less visible altogether and sit inside the ear canal.
Battery or Rechargeable
These days, hearing aids can come as rechargeable units meaning you do not need to keep buying batteries to wear your hearing aid. However, both options have pros and cons, and you need to consider your lifestyle before making a decision. Battery-operated hearing aids can allow you more flexibility if you are out and about frequently. You need to keep spare batteries on you at all times. If you are home a lot and don’t wear your hearing aid so much, then choosing a rechargeable one can be a good option for you.
Lastly, your lifestyle will dictate the hearing aid you need. Do you work in a noisy environment? If so, using directional microphones, you need a hearing aid that can tune out excess background noise. Choosing a hearing aid with Bluetooth can offer you a better audio experience if you work with technology. If you are a runner, for example, an ITC hearing aid can help you wear your hearing aid comfortably while running with minimal interference.
Many factors can play a part in choosing the best hearing aid for you. Talking to your audiologist about what type of hearing aid they recommend for your lifestyle based on what you need it to do can help to narrow down your choices and find the right style.