Hearing Aids: Picking the Right One

Should you get an in-the-canal or behind-the-ear hearing aid? Which is cost effective, a digital or a disposable one? These are just some the dilemmas for people who are considering getting a hearing aid. Hearing aids are expensive and it is best to choose the right one before spending hundreds of dollars for a device that is not appropriate for you.

Here are some things you should consider when buying a hearing aid.

  • Determine your level of hearing loss and its cause. If you have been having difficulty hearing, go to a doctor to determine if you indeed have a hearing impairment and to rule out mechanical and infectious causes like ear wax, foreign body inside your ear or ear infections such as Otitis or Otomycosis.
  • Hearing Aids Types. There are different types of hearing aids to choose from but each style is also prescribed for certain degrees of hearing loss. Thus it is important for individuals with hearing impairments to go to an audiologist to determine the severity of their deafness. For example, in-the-canal hearing aids are so tiny that nobody can even notice that you are wearing a hearing aid but it is only helpful for persons with mild to moderate hearing loss. Sever hearing impairments require larger devices that are placed in the outer ear such as a full-shell or a behind-the-ear hearing aid.
  • Stick to your budget. Not all hearing aids are expensive contrary to what most people think. A hearing aid can cost from several hundred to thousands of dollars. Smaller hearing aids cost more than the less conspicuous ones. If you want the most modern one will all the programmable features and equipped with high-end technology then you must be willing to spend as much as $5,000 for it. Talk to your audiologist to determine what your condition requires before spending on extra features like blue-tooth technology.
  • Inquire about the Trial Period. Ask the seller if the product comes with a risk-free trial period. It is important to be comfortable with the device thus customers should also have the option to return if it does not fit their needs within a certain time limit.  

 

  • Check the Warranty. Make sure that the hearing aid you’re purchasing comes with a warranty that lasts for a reasonable time. The warranty should include repair or replacement of the device if it shows undue damage within the period covered.

Hearing aids cannot return your hearing to normal but it can only work to improve your hearing and to regulate the background noise. Still, it is a great help for the hearing impaired. Choosing the right one is important because there is no hearing aid that fits-all, the degree of hearing loss as well as the size and shape of your ear canal, plus your budget play a role in this decision.

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