When you have a hearing problem it can affect everything else in your life. Addressing hearing issues is crucial to improve your quality of life. If you’re in the market for hearing aids for the first time, the process can be a bit confusing. We’ll provide you with the information you need about the types of hearing aids out there and which might be the best for your specific situation.
Hearing Aid Styles
There are two main types of hearing aids available. One is behind-the-ear, while the other is in-the ear. Years ago, the second option was most common as the aids fit in your ear canal and are much less noticeable. However, with the proliferation of mini behind-the-ear options, either can be a reasonable choice. This comes down to personal choice, but you should enlist help from your audiologist to determine which might best fit your needs.
Not every manufacturer of aids is going to provide quality options. Some are very cutting-edge, while others have other benefits going for them, such as price or clarity. Some of the major aid manufacturers that you may come across when choosing the right option for you include:
- Oticon – Founded in 1904, the oldest manufacturer.
- Phonak – Owned by Sonova Holding AG.
- Re Sound – Danish company and first to offer open-fitting aid.
- Siemens – Large company known for developing hearing aids with Bluetooth.
- Sonic Innovations – New company out of Utah.
- Starkey – Minnesota based company known for great feedback.
- Unitron – Also owned by Sonova Holding AG.
- Widex – Started early on in Denmark, “Cadillac” of aids.
Visual and Dexterity Issues
You should consider this when picking the right option for you. If your vision or dexterity are low, a small hearing aid may be problematic. It could be hard to place or hard to change batteries in. Make sure that your audiologist is aware of these issues if they are present.
Lifestyle and Needs
When you are evaluated, your doctor will likely ask about your lifestyle. The things you do on a regular basis have an impact on what type of aid might best work for you. If you rarely carry on a conversation with more than one person, you might do well with a budget option. Those who have many meetings or are in noisy locations might want a more advanced hearing aid.
No matter what type of hearing aid you decide on, Forest Hills Audiology can help. We’d be happy to set up and appointment for a hearing test or consultation. You can contact us at Website. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.
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