Hearing Aid Selection
Selecting the right hearing aid for you or your loved one is the most important step to have a successful experience with hearing amplification.
The selection process consists of:
- A clear explanation of the hearing test result. The Audiologist will tell you the degree of loss, what frequencies are affected the most, and if there is a possible medical treatment or if the damage is permanent and you would benefit from the use of hearing aids.
- Deciding which hearing aid will suit your lifestyle. The hearing professional will ask you questions about your lifestyle. These questions will help to establish which features you would benefit from having in your hearing aids.
- Hearing aids come in different technology levels. The Audiologist will explain the differences among them and will help you select the technology level that best fits your lifestyle, expectations, and budget.
- Hearing aid style selection. When selecting the hearing aid style, it is important to consider dexterity issues, vision problems, or physical characteristics of the ear. For example, someone with dexterity or vision problems may have trouble changing a hearing aid battery and would benefit from choosing rechargeable hearing aids.
- Try the hearing aids. In the last step of the process, the Hearing Professional will give you a live demonstration. This is where you will get to try the hearing aids on to experience the benefits of the right amplification for your specific hearing loss.
- Prices. After discussing all the above steps, the Hearing Professional will give you the price of each technology. At this point, you will already have broad knowledge to decide with the Hearing Professional, which hearing aid will be best for you, based not just on the price but also on all the other aspects that are relevant to selection.
Hearing aids can change your life when they are carefully selected and adapted by a Hearing Professional. A poor selection of a hearing aid can be a frustrating experience, and you can end up losing money, your time, and your patience.