Digital technology and the microchip have made it possible to pack more power and features into the latest hearing aids. But is more better for you?
Finding the best hearing aid isn’t as simple as just buying the latest technology. Most hearing aid manufacturers offer directional microphones, feedback cancelling and noise reduction systems, all available in a variety of hearing aid styles.
Today, the benefits and sound experience for the hearing aid user are not about the presence or absence of a specific feature, they’re about the technology used, what the specific features are able to do for you, how you perform with that technology and most importantly how that technology is programmed and verified.
Tips to Find the Hearing Aid Advances That Are Right for You
To help you find the best technology for your individual circumstances, Associated Audiologists offers these tips:
- Look for a hearing aid that provides good sound quality across a wide range of listening situations.
- Think about your listening goals. Do you want to hear better in noisy environments, like restaurants or groups of people? Is talking on your cell phone important to you? Or do you want to hear the sounds of your grandchildren’s voices or the birds singing? Your goals help determine which technology could work best for you.
- Comfort is key in finding the best hearing aid for you. If it’s not comfortable, you probably won’t wear it. Consult with a doctoral-level audiologist to find a style that fits well and technology that offers comfortable sound quality.
- Have realistic expectations. Though nothing can replace your natural hearing, the most successful patients faithfully wear their hearing aids every day.
- Hearing aids are exposed to humidity and earwax on a daily basis. Look for a model that has a proven track record of durability that is best for your individual needs.
- Check for follow-up and service. Hearing aids often require several visits for adjustments, and follow-up appointments at regular intervals. At these appointments, the audiologist can adjust the technology if there are any changes in your hearing and keep them in good working order.
- Work with a doctoral-level audiologist who is an expert in hearing aid technology, and who offers hearing aids from a wide range of manufacturers. The audiologist should consider your lifestyle, health and budget when making recommendations. In addition, verifying the hearing aid’s performance relative to your hearing loss and established standards are crucial for your success.
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