Hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, but the number of hearing aid types, styles, brands and price points can sometimes feel overwhelming. Today’s post is a reminder that the best hearing aid is the one that works for you and your lifestyle.
The first step to finding the right hearing aid is for your audiologist to determine what type of hearing loss you and the degree of severity. Your diagnosis will narrow the list of hearing aid choices and your audiologist will further point you in the best direction based on his or her experience.
Hearing aids styles vary from the smallest, completely-in-canal (CIC), to the slightly larger receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. You will want to evaluate what is most comfortable for you.
To ensure your hearing aids function properly you will also need to make sure that you properly clean and care for them. Different types of hearing aids may have different types of cleaning and care requirements. It is important that you are comfortable with the daily routine your new hearing aids will require.
Your lifestyle – job, hobbies and activities – also plays a big role in choosing the right hearing aid. Your audiologist will ask you in length about your daily listening environments and activities. These conversations will further narrow which type and style of hearing aid is best for you.
These factors above and more will help you and your audiologist narrow down your hearing aid choices. But remember, it doesn’t end at purchase. Purchasing hearing aids is just the start of your journey to hear better and your audiologist will be with you at every step. Follow up appointments will allow your audiologist to refine fit and settings. Your audiologist will also make sure you are confident about cleaning and care and help you set a daily routine. Finally, your audiologist is there to answer questions along the way.
Your hearing aids are your tools to achieve better hearing and your audiologist is your partner to ensure success.