If your hearing test revealed that you have hearing loss, the next step is to select a hearing aid. The number of styles, makes and models of hearing aids on the market today is vast, which can make anyone feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, your audiologist is with you every step of the way, and we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself to make the processes easier.
What Do I Want My Hearing Aid to Look Like?
People who are resistant to getting their first hearing aids often worry that the devices will make them look “old” or be very noticeable. But today’s devices are not like the hearing aids your parents or grandparents wore. Many styles are made to be discreet, and some are even completely invisible!
If you’re not worried about your hearing aid blending in, you can order models in bright, fun colors that match your personality.
What Are My Everyday Listening Environments?
People who spend a lot of time out and about require very different hearing aids than people who spend most of their time at home. If you enjoy going out to restaurants, theaters, casinos and/or religious services, you’ll need much more complex hearing aids to keep up with your lifestyle. If you spend your time at small family gatherings or quiet book clubs, you’ll be able to benefit from much simpler, more budget-friendly technology.
Do I Want to Stream Media to My Hearing Aids?
Some hearing aids are compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs thanks to Bluetooth technology. With Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, you can use your devices as a wireless headset, streaming phone calls, music, videos and more straight to your ears. Some hearing aids can also be controlled via an app on your smartphone!
What Sounds Do I Have the Most Trouble With?
Everyone’s hearing loss is different, so make sure you get devices that work best for you. If you have trouble hearing sounds that are very soft, there are hearing aids that emphasize those sounds specifically. If you cannot hear high-pitch sounds but have no problem with lower-frequencies, an open-fit device will be best for you, which will amplify higher sounds while letting lower sounds filter through your ears naturally.
For more information about hearing aid features or to talk to an expert about which model is best for you, call ENT of Georgia today!