Hearing aids are the most common and effective treatment option for most people with hearing loss, but choosing a hearing aid is no simple task. Before digital technology, hearing devices didn’t vary much from pair to pair. Modern hearing aids, however, are complex devices that come in a wide range of styles, each of which offers a unique set of features and functions.
With all of the amazing advancements in hearing loss treatment, finding the right hearing aids can be complicated for patients in Aberdeen and South Bend. Choosing a hearing aid successfully requires some time, patience and the help of a knowledgeable audiologist.
Where to Buy Hearing Aids
While it can be tempting to shop online or at a big box store for a new pair of hearing aids, this is not the best approach to treating your hearing loss. You need the guidance of a professional team of audiologists in order to select the right hearing aids for your lifestyle and hearing impairment.
Selecting a pair of hearing aids is only one part of your overall hearing loss treatment plan.
Your audiologist will also provide counseling, guidance, programming, fitting and maintenance before, during and after the hearing aid selection process. Dr. Scoones of West Coast Hearing Clinic has been fitting patients with hearing aids since 1985 and has the knowledge to help you find the perfect pair of hearing devices no matter what your needs may be.
How to Choose a Hearing Aid
Throughout the hearing aid selection process, your hearing loss treatment needs and your personal preferences will both be important considerations. Your audiologist will explain which devices are best for your hearing loss needs depending on several factors, including:
- Severity of your hearing loss
- Frequency of your hearing loss
- Hearing limitations
- Lifestyle needs
Personal preferences will also guide you in choosing a hearing aid. Some aspects to consider are:
- Activity level
- Cosmetic preferences
- Budgetary needs
- Financing options
- Features and functionality
- Compatibility with accessories