Choosing The Proper Hearing Aid Product

by Kevin Pederson

If you need to use a hearing aid, choosing the right product is extremely important as a hearing aid is a product generally meant for long-term use. The type of hearing aid that will best suit your needs will depend on the nature and extent of hearing loss. The size and shape of the outer ear and canal should also be considered while choosing a hearing aid product. Your audiologist or hearing aid dispenser can be very instrumental in helping you to decide on the best hearing aid for you depending on the extent of your hearing loss, economic concerns and lifestyle.

Here are some pointers on the factors you need to keep in mind while choosing a hearing aid product:

  1. Vanity is very important to a lot of people. In such cases, people prefer to wear almost invisible hearing aids.
  2. Yet others do not mind wearing visible hearing aids, as long as it blends with their skin tone.
  3. Small hearing aids, such as ITCs or CICs have tiny batteries. People with sight or dexterity problems may find it difficult to work with these.
  4. It is advisable to always go through the product warranty carefully and to check whether it applies to both the device as well as the battery. Also find out if the manufacturer will provide a temporary replacement in case your new hearing device requires repairs.
  5. It will be worthwhile to check with your health insurance provider if your hearing aid is covered under your insurance scheme.
  6. Deciding on the hearing aid for you will also depend on factors such as your listening needs - Quiet or noisy environment, time spent on phone, listening to music etc.
  7. Social needs such as others knowing about your hearing problem could have an implication on your choice.
  8. The type of hobbies you indulge in may be worth considering while choosing a hearing aid for yourself.

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