If you are experiencing hearing loss then it may be time to see an audiologist to determine if you need a hearing aid. The right audiologist will help you determine the severity of your hearing loss and walk you through the next steps of choosing a hearing aid.
Choosing a hearing aid may be a little difficult, but asking the right questions will help you and your audiologist with the process. Consider your daily activities, your style, and your hearing needs. Some basic questions to keep in mind are:
- How do I want my hearing aids look?
- What features would I like?
- Which features will be useful for me?
- What is my work environment like?
These questions, along with the type and severity of hearing loss you experience will help you and your audiologist determine which type of hearing aid may be best for you. For instance, you can choose a hearing aid that goes behind the ear or one that fits inside the ear. A behind the ear (BTE) hearing aid consists of a mold that sits in your ear canal and is connected to a coil that is hooked behind your ear. An in the ear (ITE) hearing aid is less visible than a BTE and completely fits inside your ear. Your audiologist will help you understand which style of hearing aids will give you the most benefits for your type of hearing loss including if it is mild or severe. Additionally, your audiologist will ensure your hearing aids are fitted correctly for your ears.
Other important factors in choosing the right hearing aids are functionality, costs, and maintenance. When speaking with your audiologist, be sure to ask these questions:
- Do I have a clear understanding of how to operate my hearing aids?
- Does my insurance cover my hearing aids?
- Is there a warranty on my hearing aids?
- Will my audiologist make adjustments or repairs to my hearing aids?
Remember, your hearing aids are an investment. Getting the best hearing aids to fit your needs and lifestyle is important to your overall health. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be prepared to talk to your audiologist about your specific needs. Selecting a hearing aid is all about what works best for you and your hearing loss. For help choosing a hearing aid or if you have any questions about hearing loss, please call New Generation Hearing Centers today for a free consultation.