Buying hearing aids is a major investment and a decision you shouldn’t jump in too without making several considerations. With so many different types of hearing aids on the market it is important to work with your hearing specialist to find a balance between your hearing loss, your budget and your lifestyle.
The specialists at Hearing Lab can diagnose your degree of hearing loss and guide you through the process of buying hearing aids for your specific needs, but no hearing aid is ‘one size fits all.’ Don’t be afraid to talk with your hearing specialist about what you like to do in your everyday life and ask plenty of questions.
One of the main considerations will be the nature of your hearing loss. The hearing specialist will go over your hearing test results and which hearing aids might work for you based on the severity of your hearing loss.
Consider these questions to ask before buying hearing aids:
- If I only have hearing loss in one ear, why should I wear two hearing aids?
- How many channels do the hearing aids have? How many do I need?
- Do I have the dexterity to get the hearing aids in and out of my ear without struggle? And change the batteries?
- Do I have the vision to operate the controls and change the battery?
- Do the hearing aids come with a remote control? Will I need a remote control?
If you are concerned about appearance the specialist can recommend styles that are less noticeable, but keep in mind not all styles will fit with your hearing loss.
When considering your lifestyle be sure to ask questions like:
- What are the benefits of features like directional microphones, number of microphones and automatic volume?
- How will these hearing aids work with electronic devices like my cell phone, laptop, and television?
- How often will I have to clean and change the batteries on this device?
- Can I operate all the programs myself?
- How often will I need to come in for follow up visits?
- I’m often in noisy environments do these have noise cancelling options to help me hear the sounds I need to?
To learn more about hearing aid styles and the features of the devices we offer at Hearing Lab click here. We also recommend bringing a loved one or a trusted friend to your appointments to help you feel more comfortable talking over and making decisions about buying hearing aids.