Do you think you need hearing aids? What’s the next step?
There are many different options available when it comes to hearing aids and the decision can be overwhelming. There is no one size fits all solution. When one of our audiologists makes a hearing aid recommendation, they are taking different factors in to consideration which include:
- Degree of hearing loss—this determines the amount of power your hearing aid will need to meet the prescription for your hearing loss.
- Dexterity – how well your hands work with small objects
- Rechargeable batteries versus standard hearing aid battery
- Vision problems
- Size and shape of your outer ear and ear canal
- Whether you are prone to ear infections or have had many in the past
- If you have had ear surgery
- Price/cost. What is your budget? Do you have any insurance coverage?
- Lifestyle- are you often in situations where there is a lot of background noise and surrounded by lots of people or are you typically at home in quieter, smaller group settings?
- Wax buildup
- Tinnitus- there are hearing aids available that have built in noise generators that can help mask your tinnitus
- Bluetooth capability. Do you want or need the hearing aids to connect to your phone or tablet?
- Availability of accessories such as a remote or TV adapter if needed
If the hearing aids chosen for you are not working out, we are more than happy to exchange them for another type during the trial period. This way, you are never stuck with devices that aren’t working for you. The first step toward getting a hearing aid is to have an up to date (within the past year) hearing test. One of our registered audiologists would be more than happy to walk you through the decision making process.