Hearing aids have been a very helpful device in the lives of so many for a long time but of course ideally nobody would choose to wear one. However, due to the large variety of hearing aids now available it is possible for anyone who needs one to find a type that fits their needs and allows them the style that they feel the most comfortable with. When it comes to choosing one though where do you start?
Which level of hearing loss do you have?
An audiologist will inform you of which category of hearing loss you fit into and this is measured in decibels. In addition to the different degrees of hearing loss, it is also determined by the frequency. For example, if you are affected by high frequency hearing loss then it is the inner ear that has sustained the damage and understanding speech can be particularly problematic in this case. Alternatively, if you have the low frequency level then this relates to the middle or outer ear and symptoms include struggling to hear lower sounds.
Finding the hearing aid to fit your requirements
The task is to identify the type of hearing aid that addresses your specific degree and frequency of hearing loss to the best level possible but also to find one that allows you to go about your daily life and activities with the lowest amount of disruption. People with a high frequency of hearing loss for example are generally best suited to digital hearing aids that give an increased level of amplification.
Finding the device that ticks all the boxes also includes having one that is affordable. People of all financial and lifestyle circumstances can be affected by hearing loss so there are options that cater for this. Interestingly, a higher price for a hearing aid does not always mean that it is of superior quality. Digital devices are great for some people, whereas for others the less technologically-advanced analog option can be the best route to go down.
How does it look?
It would be completely out of touch to suggest that the way a hearing aid looks is not on the mind of the person wearing it. Of course this may be truer for some than others but it is certainly worth mentioning. There are hearing aids that fit behind the ear or even in the ear canal which means it may be barely visible at all.
Article written by Brendan Thomas on behalf of the digital hearing aids supplier – http://www.digitalhearingcare.org.uk/.