4 Tips for Selecting a Hearing Aid

an audiologist showing her patient new in the canal hearing aids

Hearing aids are a helpful device that can give you clearer sound if you’re someone that has some sort of hearing damage, whether it be mild or severe. There are options for hearing aids available thanks to the incredible engineer and technology progress that has been made over the years. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips for selecting a hearing aid if you find yourself in the position of needing one.

Get a check-up first

The first thing you’ll need before getting to the point of selecting a hearing aid is to get a check-up first. Getting your hearing checked is just like getting your eyesight looked at or having a check-up with your doctors. Our hearing is something that we can forget is easily vulnerable to damage and with other factors involved, your hearing might not be the same as it once was. That can often be noticeable or it can be very slight that you don’t notice much of a difference. However, it’s important to get it so that you can find out whether there are any problems that you’re not aware of or are perhaps more concerning then you might have first thought.

A check-up should be something that you do on an annual basis, so make sure you get yourself that check-up at the first opportunity you have.

Discuss the choice with your hearing instrument specialist

There are more choices to choose from when it comes to hearing aids. These are something you’ll discuss with your hearing instrument specialist as they’ll be able to guide you through the choices depending on your needs. It’s worth knowing what the different styles are available from behind the ear (BTE) to in the canal (ITC). Due to the advancements in technology and engineering of hearing aids, there will be something out there for every hearing aid user, it’s all about what needs you have and your preferences too.

It’s worth doing a little research yourself first but rest assured, your HIS will talk you through all the options that they have available to you. Think about whether you want it to be something that’s visible or not as everyone is different.

Consider a budget

The budget is important because although there may be some support for funding of hearing aids available, most will often pay for their own hearing aids. There are different price ranges available and so it depends on what you want to spend and what requirements you need from the hearing aid. Regardless of your budget, there’s always going to be something within reach and available to you. It’s worth thinking about this budget after you’ve seen all the available hearing aids and to go away to think about which one you feel is best for you. You don’t need to decide on this straight away and you can always book another appointment once you’ve decided or you’re still conflicted and need some more advice.

Do a trial run and feedback

Once you’ve picked the hearing aid that’s perfect for you, the next thing you’ll need to do is a trial run. This trial run is going to be important for you to understand what is working for you and what isn’t when it comes to the hearing aid. Hopefully, for the most part, everything works as it should. However, with any piece of technology or aid for your body, there can often be teething problems. It’s good to ask about a trial period with your HIS and to come back a few weeks, a month or two later to give feedback on any tweaks and changes that might be made.

You want to have something that’s comfortable and doesn’t feel as though you’re wearing a hearing aid. Just like contact lenses, you shouldn’t really feel anything.

Make sure you’ve thought about your future needs

When picking out a hearing aid, if you look after it, it should last you for a while. However, you want to think about your future and the needs you might have then. That’s why it’s important to keep up with your check-ups to ensure that your hearing is constantly monitored in case you need to change your hearing aid or go for something a little bit different next time. Always be thinking about your future and what you want from it.

With these tips, you should be able to find a hearing aid that works for you and that more importantly, will improve the quality of your hearing for the better. Make sure you book yourself in for a check-up as soon as you’re able. Learn more about Sandia Hearing Aids by getting in touch with us today at 505-715-4387.