4 Questions to Ask About Hearing Aids
If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, then you are probably starting to look at different options for hearing aids. It is important that you select the right hearing aids for your needs so that you get the most out of them and continue to hear as well as possible, for as long as you can. For that reason, we have come up with four questions that you should ask about hearing aids before you purchase them.
What happens if they break?
One of the things that you need to know is what happens if you break your hearing aids. Because hearing aids are technology, they are known to malfunction every now and again, but what if this happens when you are using them? You can take them to your audiologist and see if they can fix the issue, but if they can’t then it is going to need to pass on to the company who manufactured the product to fix. This means that you either need to buy another pair, wait for yours to be fixed and go without, or just don’t buy another pair at all.
Are they customized for each individual?
To ensure you get the best listening experience possible, it’s crucial to understand how these devices are tailored to your needs. Your audiologist will take impressions if you have a smaller hearing aid to provide a personal fit for your ear anatomy. Additionally, they will use a series of hearing tests to fine-tune your devices for your specific hearing loss needs.
Which one is best for my hearing loss?
Depending on what type of hearing loss your audiologist has diagnosed you with, there are different hearing aid options available to you. So, you could get behind the ear hearing aids which are easier to handle than other options and are effective for treating moderate to severe hearing loss but they are bigger than the others. Or, you could choose an in-the-ear (ITE) model, which is slightly larger than some of the other options, but still allow you to be discreet. Lastly, you can choose the in-the-canal (ITC) style, which is the most discreet of all the options but they are only suitable for those who have mild hearing loss and minimal dexterity issues.
What features should I consider?
There are the basic features that each hearing aid comes with, but there are also some more advanced ones that only a few have. You need to have a discussion with your audiologist about what kind of features you should consider having on your device based on your needs. Some of the most popular ones are rechargeability, waterproof, telecoil, and Bluetooth.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now know what four of the questions that you need to ask about hearing aids are. Speak to your audiologist if you need help with selecting your hearing aids.