We are often asked what is important to consider when investing in hearing aids. Typically we tell people to keep it simple. There are three basic decisions to make.
First, question is whether to go with one or two hearing aids. When you have hearing loss in both ears, then two hearing aids are recommended. The ears work best when they work together. This is especially important when listening in noisy places. You need both ears to separate words from background noise.
Second, question is what style hearing aid best suits you. There are a few styles to choose from. The newest type is the miniature behind-the-ear aid. These rest at the top of the ear and have a slim tube leading into the ear canal. They are discreet and well camouflaged. Traditional behind-the-ear hearing aids have a thicker tube leading to an ear piece that fills the ear. In-the-ear hearing aids fit all in the ear and fill the opening of the ear. In-the-canal hearing aids are placed in the lower part of the ear and ear canal. Completely-in-the-canal aids fit in the ear canal. Hearing loss, dexterity of the hands and fingers and personal preference are considered when choosing the best style of each individual.
Third, is choosing the technology for the hearing aids. The technology and features typically affect; how well the aids can adjust to various listening environments; the degree of fine tuning available to match your hearing loss and how aggressive the aids separate conversation from background noise. The various technologies can be obtained in most styles of hearing aids.
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