How To Find The Best Hearing Aid For You
Hearing aids are the best tool to help combat hearing loss – amongst other hearing issues as well. If you feel like your hearing is starting to get a bit worse, then you can be tempted to go out and buy a pair of hearing aids.
Before you do this, you must understand what hearing aids are right for you! Believe it or not, but you can buy ones that don’t work for you at all, meaning you’ve wasted money. So, take some time to figure out how to find the best hearing aids by reading these tips:
What hearing aid style suits you best?
This is a key factor for many people buying hearing aids. There are different styles to choose from, and the main question is how discreet do you want your hearing aids to be? Some styles are well-hidden and hard to notice while others are slightly more obvious. But you also have to take your hearing loss type into account as well. So, let’s look at the main styles available right now:
In the canal (ITC)
As the name alludes to, this hearing aid fits in the ear canal and is very discreet. You can even get completely in canal (CIC) hearing aids or invisible in canal (IIC) that are entirely within your ear canal and can barely be noticed.
This type is the smallest around and has the benefit of being less likely to pick up any wind noise. It’s usually only recommended for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Also, be aware that the small size means earwax clogging can happen if you leave it in for too long.
In the ear (ITE)
ITE hearing aids can be custom-made to fit in the entire outside part of your ear or just the lower part of it. They’re more visible than ITC hearing aids, but they’re also more powerful as they come with extra features. As such, this option works for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
These hearing aids also tend to last longer as the batteries are larger. Still, they are guilty of picking up wind noises that can distort the settings slightly.
Behind the ear (BTE)
This option goes over the top of your ear and nestles behind it. A tube will connect the device to an earpiece that rests in your ear canal. It’s the most diverse option in that it treats all levels of hearing loss highly effectively.
Unfortunately, it’s the most obvious hearing aid to wear, and it does pick up wind noise. But it offers better amplification due to the large design.
So, weigh up these options and consider which one suits you based on your hearing loss severity and how visible you want your hearing aids to be.
What features do you need?
Next, we have to look at some of the features in modern hearing aids. This can include any of the following:
- Noise reduction
- Directional microphones to improve sound pick-up
- Rechargeable batteries
- Bluetooth connectivity to link to smartphones and other devices
- Environmental noise control
- Wind reduction
The list goes on, but you need to consider what features are essential to you. Speak to your audiologist to get advice here. Many of the advanced hearing aid features could be irrelevant to you as you won’t wear them that often and don’t need things like Bluetooth. As such, you can save money by opting for a device with fewer features.
Where are you buying the hearing aids from?
This is arguably the most vital thing to consider. If you want to find the best hearing aids for you, then you have to see an audiologist.
Because you need to have a thorough hearing examination to determine what type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is. This will decide what style of hearing aid is likely to benefit you the most, and it will also indicate which features you may need.
Secondly, an audiologist can offer a hearing aid fitting that gives you custom-made hearing aids that fit your ears perfectly. If you buy yours from an online store, then they will never be an accurate fit, leading to discomfort – and potential performance issues as gaps in the device let in too much wind and cause feedback issues.
So, always see an audiologist before buying your hearing aids!
Contact us for hearing aid fitting services
If you’re looking to buy some new hearing aids, then feel free to contact us today. Listen Hear Diagnostics offers hearing aid tests and hearing aid fitting services. We can help you find the best hearing aids for your ears! Call us now at 347-450-9872 to learn more.