Hearing aids are produced by many different manufactures and come in a number of shapes and sizes. When you are first diagnosed with a hearing loss, trying to figure out which hearing aid is best can be overwhelming. Below is a look at what considerations you should take into account when selecting a hearing aid.
Consider the Style
Behind-the-ear hearing aids house most of their components in a small plastic case that sits behind the ear. The case is connected to an earmold with clear tubing. This style of hearing aid is very popular with children as the earmold can be updated to a larger size as they grow. This style is reliable, sturdy and easy to clean.
Mini behind-the-ear hearing aids are similar to the standard behind-the-ear model but smaller. The two components are connected with a thin tube. This style is usually quite comfortable and less noticeable than other larger options.
In-the-canal and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are the smallest options. All the components sit inside a tiny case that fits in the ear canal. While the least noticeable option, their small size makes them harder to handle and adjust.
In-the-ear hearing aids are made of a single piece that fills up the outer ear. While larger than the in-the-canal style, this type is often easier to handle and is more durable.
When determining the right style for you, you should make sure to take aesthetics and ease of use into consideration. Oftentimes there is a tradeoff, as the smaller and less noticeable the device the more complicated it is to use.
Consider the Special Features
Hearing aids are available with a wide selection of technology options. Some of the most popular ones include:
- Wireless connectivity.
- Rechargeable batteries.
- Customizable programs.
- Remote microphones.
Your audiologist will review the benefits of each of these features to figure out if they are worth the additional cost. It is important to take your listening lifestyle into account as well, as someone who spends a large portion of their time in places with a lot of background noise, such as dining out at Kitchen Eighty-Eight during their busy dinner rush, would require more technology than an individual who does not. When determining the style and level of technology that is right for your unique type and degree of hearing loss, your audiologist is here to help. To learn more about hearing aid selection or to schedule an appointment with an expert, contact Timpanogos Hearing & Balance today.