Selecting a hearing aid is crucial to your long-term health, as the right device helps you communicate with others. With so many styles and manufactures to choose from, the process of picking the right aid can be daunting.
Below is a list of questions you should ask yourself during the selection process to make sure you pick the right device for your needs and lifestyle.
What Do I Want My Hearing Aid to Look Like?
Hearing aids come in a wide selection of styles. Some people like to show off their devices, opting for highly visible hearing aids that sit behind the ear. Others want their hearing aids to be an inconspicuous as possible, selecting practically invisible devices that sit complete in the ear canal.
In addition to selecting your style, you’ll also have to make a decision about the color of your device. Hearing aids are available in neutral colors to match your hair or bright colors to help you stand out.
How Complex Are My Listening Situations?
You’ll want to select a hearing aid with the right technology for your listening lifestyle. Those who spend most of their time interacting with small groups of close friends and family will require significantly less technology that those who are often at loud events with hundreds of people.
The higher the power of the technology you purchase, the easier the hearing aid makes it for you to hear with background noise.
Will I Stream Music or TV to My Hearing Aid?
If you spend a lot of time listening to music or watching television, you’ll want to make sure you get a hearing aid that contains Bluetooth™ connectivity. This technology allows you to wirelessly connect your hearing aid to a number of Bluetooth enabled devices, such as your smartphone or television set.
Streaming entertainment directly to your hearing aids provides a better listening experience, as the audio does not have to compete with background noise.
How Much Do I Want to Use My Smartphone?
Many newer hearing aids come with a corresponding smartphone app. These applications allow you to personalize your listening experience and adjust the programming and volume with a single click. No need to fiddle with small buttons or dials.
Answering these questions honestly will help you figure out what type of device you will benefit from most. From there, you and your audiologist will discuss the hearing aid options that fit your requirements and determine the best device for you.
To learn more about selecting the right hearing aid or to schedule a visit with an experienced audiologist, contact Houston Hearing Center today.