Consumers today have access to an unprecedented array of hearing aid styles, technology levels and options. This is great news in terms of tailoring a solution to your hearing loss, lifestyle and preferences. However, all of these options can overwhelm the average consumer.
This is why the selection of hearing aids and hearing aid options must be a collaborative process between you and the hearing care provider. It’s also a big reason why you want to work with a provider who thoroughly understands what you need and expect from hearing aids.
A professional hearing evaluation provides a solid foundation for arriving at a customized solution for you and your hearing loss. Other important considerations include:
- Manual dexterity — If you have limited use of your fingers due to arthritis or other causes, a larger hearing aid style may be a better choice than a tinier style, such as an in-the-canal (ITC) or completely-in-the-canal (CIC) model. This will make it easier to remove, insert and adjust the hearing aids.
- Other physical factors — Do you wear glasses? Use oxygen? Are your ear canals unusually small? Do your ears produce excessive wax? These and other physical factors can greatly influence the choice of hearing aid styles and options.
- Lifestyle — In general, the more active you are, the more advanced you want your hearing aid technology to be. If you work in a noisy environment, for instance, you may need a hearing aid that suppresses background noise while boosting speech sounds. Or, if you spend a lot of time outside, you may benefit from a feature that reduces wind noise.
- Cosmetics — Many individuals do not want to tell the world they wear hearing aids. It’s human nature. Fortunately, all hearing aid manufacturers offer styles that virtually disappear in the ear canal. Even hearing aids worn behind the ear come in sizes and color options that make them practically undetectable, depending on the wearer’s hairstyle.
During the hearing evaluation and consultation process, you and your Amplifon provider can discuss all of the key factors that go into making the best choices for your needs and preferences.
To find an Amplifon provider near you to discuss your best options, you can find a provider here.