How Do I Buy A Hearing Aid?
Ironically buying a hearing aid is rarely as easy as buying any other device online or from the store. It’s a matter of diagnostic steps before you finalize the purchase of the hearing device. It is recommended that first a hearing test is taken and according to the result and lifestyle, learn about what options may work best for you.
Having The Audiometric (Hearing) Test
As soon as you suspect that you are having any degree of hearing loss it’s suggested to go for a diagnostic hearing test or Audiometry test.
This will give the correct and accurate measure of the hearing loss in each ear and how much loss can be covered by the hearing aid.
Along with detecting the hearing loss, you will also find out if some other problems are affecting your hearing loss like wax buildup, infection, or injury.
Accordingly need for an audiologist or ENT can be decided before deciding on the hearing aid.
Referral to Otolaryngologist commonly known as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor can help if you have:
- Unusual patterns of hearing loss
- Asymmetrical or even hearing loss
- Pain drainage
Knowing the nature of your hearing loss is important before you decide to buy a hearing aid.
A specialist/ audiologist can help you in deciding the kind of hearing aid best suited for your kind of loss.
Finding The Right Kind Of Hearing Aid
Hearing Aids are available in a large variety in the market. A wide range of hearing aid with a wide range of cost options are available. Some types are chargeable and then some are chargeable. Some are fitted behind the ear(BTE) whereas some are designed to fit inside the canal or ear.
Again getting professional assistance with the type and severity of your hearing loss can help in deciding or choosing the right type of hearing aid.
What You Look Into Your Hearing Aid
- Covers maximum amount of your hearing loss.
- Fits your lifestyle.
- Matches your budget.
- Minimum background noise.
- Comfortable to wear.
The main types of hearing aids are:
- Behind the Ear(BTE).
- In-the-Canal (ITC) or Completely-in-the Canal (CIC).
Each type is designed for specific needs and has its pros and cons. (ref our website)
Before deciding on or finalizing a hearing aid consider some things in your device
Background Noise Filtering:
If your work conditions are in a noisy environment or meetings or engaging group of people then you may want a device that filters out background noise.
This is helpful to control your hearing aid remotely with a smartphone app.
This is a good option for hassle-free battery changing regularly.
If you prefer that your hearing aid not be visible then options are available that completely get fitted inside the canal. While others are noticeable if you go for BTE.
It takes some days before you start wearing a hearing aid. Over a period, you get accustomed. It is recommended that before finalizing a hearing aid you should use it on trial and seek professional advice.