Hearing Aids: How to Choose What’s Right for You
Many people when they are told and accept, they have a hearing loss hearing loss dive into doing some research or chat to friends about their experience. There is ALOT of information available about hearing aids and it can be quite confusing and overwhelming. Investing in hearing aids and being able to communicate with others is really important. So how do you sift through all the information to choose the right hearing aid for you?
Well, the good news is you don’t need to do it on your own. Hearing Aid Specialists SA is here to help you work out which hearing aids are most suitable for your needs. However, knowing a little about the process will also help you navigate your way.
Before getting into which hearing aid
Before getting into which hearing aids are suitable for you, your hearing specialist will first invite you to have a hearing test in the clinic. By doing this comprehensive hearing assessment, the hearing specialist will have the information they need about your hearing, your lifestyle and communication needs so that they can support you to find the best hearing aids.
There are different styles of hearing aids available. These include ones where hearing aids sits in your ear. These can vary from tiny little ones that sit deep in the canal called invisible in canal hearing aids (IIC’s) through to ones that fill up all the ear – called in the ear hearing aids (ITE’s). There are also some hearing aids where all the hearing aid electronics are behind the ear (BTE’s) and some where part of the electronics are behind the ear but there are also some parts – mainly the speaker – that sits in the ear canal – these are called receiver in the canal hearing aids or RIC’s. The style of hearing aid that is best for you will depend on your hearing loss, hearing communication needs, your ear anatomy and your preference. Ensure if you have a preference that you tell your hearing specialist and they will discuss with you whether this is a good option for you based on the outcome of your hearing assessment.
There are also many different brands of hearing aids, and each brand has different levels of technology – the higher the technology, the more sophisticated they are to help you in noisy environments and many other listening situations. Each brand does things a little differently, each with their own set features and benefits. It is important to consider whether the hearing clinic you are seeing offers a range of brands or just a few. Here at Hearing Aid Specialists SA, we are an independent hearing clinic and offer a range of brands, we are not aligned to any one hearing aid manufacturer so we can unbiasedly recommend the one that is best suited specifically to you for your individual hearing needs.
Keeping up to date with hearing aid technology
We also take the time to truly listen so we can assist and guide you on which level of technology is right for you. Not everyone needs the top of the range technology that are the most expensive hearing aids, but it is important to have enough technology to support your communication goals.
Most importantly, remember Hearing Aid Specialists SA are here to help you and make this process as easy as possible. Our team of professional clinicians are abreast of current hearing technology and take pride and commitment in ongoing professional development. This ensures all our clients have the best and most update to date advice, making for positive hearing outcomes. We are always happy to answer your questions and support you no matter where you are up to in your hearing journey.
If you are concerned about your hearing, would like support with finding the right hearing aids for you or have hearing aids, but you are just not getting enough benefit from them Contact Hearing Aid Specialists SA we will be happy to guide you through the process to better hearing and better hearing health.