The quick answer is you won't know until you are tested!
With literally hundreds of hearing aids available on the market, all available in various combinations and features and from various manufacturers the world of hearing aids can be a confusing place.
Hearing aids generally come in various 'base' models, but that doesn't mean that you could ever pick one up from a shelf and take it home with you. Each hearing aid can be tweaked and features added or removed in order to match your particular hearing levels, which are absolutely unique.
So when it comes to selecting the correct hearing aid, how can you possibly narrow it down to find the right hearing system?
This is where the skill, expertise and guidance of your hearing aid audiologist comes in.
What will the audiologist look at first?
When a hearing aid audiologist visits you, the first part of any consultation will simply be a conversation. You can discuss your hearing, your experiences with your hearing and how you think hearing loss might be affecting you.
After this, the audiologist will assess your hearing.
This is a professional test and can be done in the home (in fact, it's actually preferrable if the test can be done in the comfort and quiet of your own home) and you will be given feedback immediately if you have any hearing loss.
As part of the test the audiologist will be able to find out which frequencies have been lost.
This information is displayed graphically using something called an 'audiogram'.
This will be the first basis on which they will narrow potential hearing aid choices down.
Other things the hearing aid audiologist will consider
After you have been assessed and after talking about your hearing, you may wish to discuss your particular lifestyle.
For example, if you are still working and take part in meetings that you struggle to understand because of hearing loss, the audiologist could recommend a particular type of hearing aid.
If you are perhaps retired and wish to hear your friends, family and the television or radio better then that will also guide them towards particular brands and models.
Do you take part in other meetings, clubs or organisations and need to hear over the hubbub of background noise? Do you wish to hear better one on one? All of this will play a part in choosing a particular hearing aid model.
There are now an incredible range of features available on the latest hearing aids, some of which will transform some lives while for others it won't be of any interest at all.
For example, some people experience tinnitus along with their hearing loss and some modern devices feature specific settings to try to help with the blight of tinnitus. Some will feel like trying this, some won't need it.
Some people now love the Bluetooth and internet connectivity found on the latest devices which can perform a whole host of tasks. Whether it is streaming music or sound directly from your web connected devices (like music streaming or sound straight from the television) or setting up an alert to tell you when you need to change your batteries, smart-hearing aids can be incredibly useful to some whilst others won’t be interested!
Of course, price is also a factor and taking all of the above into consideration, the hearing aid audiologist will have a great understanding of which hearing aid will be suited for you, your lifestyle and your particular hearing loss.
Any Other Questions?
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