There are virtually millions of Americans that suffer from various hearing conditions and for many hearing aids are essential in order to maintain their quality of life. Still many more that suffer from hearing problems do not do anything to treat their condition, whether from choice or ignorance. Not treating hearing loss is almost always a dire mistake that could lead to depression, social isolation and even contribute to the appearance of other medical conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer. Modern day hearing aids are small, sophisticated and mostly unseen so there is no need to fear their outer appearance.
Once you have recognized your condition, consulted with experts and decided to use hearing aids, selecting the ones that will be the most suitable for you may not always be an easy task.
Examining your Hearing and Getting Recommendations
Whatever you do, do not rush into buying hearing aids before you get a proper evaluation of your hearing and compare various brands and options. You can compare the purchase of hearing aids to the purchase of a vehicle; careful research, price comparison and an examination of functionality are necessary.
The first step is always to get a proper and thorough evaluation of your hearing by an audiologist. Audiologists will also be able to fit you with hearing aids and provide you with various options. Different types of hearing aids will be suitable for different types of lifestyles. Price is, of course, another factor that you will need to take into consideration. As most hearing aids are programmed in advance, there can be significant quality differences between standard hearing aids and some of the more expensive brands, which use newer digital circuitry.
Some of the more advanced brands are also programmable and can be customized with features such as a remote control and direct audio input.
Because hearing aids will play such an important part in your life, you can request to try various hearing aids for a trial period. Always check with your audiologist and with the specific company which manufactured the hearing aids about return policies and try out periods. When you try out a new hearing aid, remember that the brain needs a period of time in order to make the proper adjustments. Don’t judge the effectiveness of a new hearing aid right away and allow the adjustment period enough time. That being said, if you feel that the specific hearing aid you are examining does not answer your needs, don’t hesitate to utilize your right to return and replace it with a different one.
Tom Regev is a professional writer for the Hearing Life in Colorado Springs clinic.