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4 Tips for Selecting a Hearing Aid

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If you have recently realized that you are experiencing some loss to your hearing, you may well have had an appointment booked with your audiologist for a little while. There is a strong chance that your hearing loss may need the support of hearing aids, and your audiologist will be able to talk you through whether you need hearing aids or not.

The biggest decision that you will have to make here is the type of hearing aid you plan to wear, and depending on the severity of your hearing loss, there could be more than one option available to you. Not only will these help you to hear better, they can be chosen based on your lifestyle, your preferences and whether or not you are worried about aesthetics.

If you are having difficulty with selecting the correct hearing aid, you should ask for help from your audiologist. They will be able to talk you through the different hearing aid types, the most current and up to date technology and whether the hearing aids that you have in mind would be right for you in the first place. So, how do you choose the correct hearing aids? What should you be looking for? Below, we've got four tips for selecting a hearing aid that will work best for you.

Your lifestyle

The first thing that you should think about when you are choosing a hearing aid is the way you live your life. If you're particularly active, you may think about choosing a hearing aid that sits in the ear, so that it doesn't fall out while you're exercising. If you love to listen to music and hit the movie theater, it's important to choose a hearing aid that will suit those activities. Those with other interests will usually choose different hearing aid types to suit their individual style life, too.

You should mention your lifestyle when you are speaking to your audiologist, too, as they will be able to tell you which hearing aids will suit your lifestyle. You can preserve the hearing you have and boost it, while selecting the correct hearing aid at the same time. Once you know the different types of hearing aid that will suit your lifestyle, you're going to be best positioned to make the right decision.

Understanding the styles

To be able to choose the right hearing aid, you need to know what's out there to choose from and there are several styles that you can choose from. There are plenty of different types of hearing aid out there and not all of them will be right for you – it all depends on your hearing loss. Your audiologist will work with you to evaluate your hearing and the things that you want and they can help you to find the right device for you. Some of the common hearing aid options include:

  • Behind the ear (BTE): These are the most common hearing aids that people think about when they consider hearing aids. They fit the outer ear with all of the housing at the back of the ear, and a microphone sitting in the ear.
  • In the ear (ITE): Easy to handle hearing aids are easy to come by when you choose an ITE hearing aid. The most conventional hearing aids come in a range of sizes and they are usually on the outer bowl. These are great for those with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.
  • In the canal (ITC): Similar to in the ear hearing aids, ITC options are slightly smaller and fit more into the lower part of the ear. They are made to the shape of your ear with a custom mold and this gets you the snug fit.
  • Completely in canal (CIC): If you are looking for something that's almost invisible to others, these are the perfect fit. They are put into the ear canal directly and they are a discreet one on the market.
  • Invisible in canal (IIC): Deep in the ear canal is where the IIC hearing aids fit. These are perfect for those who are very active and want something discreet, too.

Accessories

Do you think you may need accessories with your hearing aids? There are some out there that come with accessories and induction kits that will fit around the house. Students often need external microphones so that they don't miss out – and you could in the office, too! Induction loop kids help you to hear better around the home to allow you to hear the TV and even the doorbell. This could affect your final decision, too, and so you should discuss accessories with your audiologist.

What would benefit you the most?

Lastly, figuring out the option that will benefit your life the most is important. You should talk through this with your audiologist and you can think about where you may need your hearing aids and your dexterity when it comes to cleaning them and changing batteries. If you want to learn more about hearing aids, consider contacting The Center for Audiology at Houston: 713-255-0035, Pearland: 713-800-5050. Our experts are more than happy to help you with your decision for your hearing aids!