Which hearing aid is best for you?
Once you have a hearing test done and decide to purchase a hearing aid, the big question pops up; which hearing aid should I buy? There are so many options with different models and manufacturers offering varying features to meet your needs. So what can you do to make that decision easier? Well, this guide will help you reflect on what you need in a hearing aid and it also offers information about some devices on the market.
Audiologist and hearing aids
There are hundreds of devices on the market and researching each one can be time consuming and hectic. It might be a good idea to speak to your audiologist as they might be able to help you choose a good device. On a daily basis, audiologists deal with many people with hearing loss and they have a lot of experience in choosing the best hearing aids for people. They also know which ones might not be that great. So, after you get your test done, speaking to your audiologist would bring down the number of options available, making it easier to make a decision.
Hearing aids on the market
With technological advancements taking place every year, the hearing aid market is competitive and full of options. From rechargeable hearing aids to waterproof devices, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the devices:
A top of the range BTE (Behind-the-ear) device which is water and dust resistant so you’re not missing out on the important sounds if you get a bit of water on them. They adapt automatically to the environment you are in to ensure you have the highest level listening experience. Suitable for people with mild to profound loss and available in several different colours. There is also the option to go for 30, 50, 70 or 90 the higher the power, the more features the device has. So, if you love going out and often find yourself in noisy environments, then this device could be for you.
A Siemens product that is discreet but a high performer. It is a CIC (Completely-in-canal) device that is completely discreet, giving the wearer the comfort they want. The microphone focuses on the speaker and cancels background noise, which enhances the hearing experience. This is a custom device thus the audiologist would need to take measurements before the fitting.
Linx2 hearing aids are available in different styles; BTE, ITE and RIC. They provide the wearer with 30% better speech clarity and premium noise cancelation. This advanced technology means they can connect with iPhone, iPad etc. so your music and phone calls can be directly streamed into your ear via the device. Suitable for different levels of loss. The Linx2 is perfect for everyone.
Starkey Halo 2
A RIC device made for iPhones as it effortlessly connects to your phone and ensures that you are able to listen to music and make calls easily. The device also helps with sound directionality, making it easier to understand what is being said. Tinnitus relief program integrated into the technology so you can deal with two things at once.
As mentioned before, price can be an important factor when choosing a device. The cost of each one varies depending on the features. Every manufacturer has a range of basic to premium devices that serve the needs of different customers. The basic ones have simpler features and might not be suitable for complex environments. The premium ones have additional features such as connectivity with phones, ability to use them via apps and automatic adaptability. However, these features aren’t necessary and whether you want them is dependent on your lifestyle needs.
But it is important to remember that, you should never buy hearing aids online in order to save money. As they can be second-hand devices that haven’t be fine-tuned for you making them useless to you. Always consult an audiologist before purchasing a hearing aid.