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How to Find the Best Hearing Aids?

Mar 14, 2008
Admittedly, every one's hearing problem can be unique. Therefore, despite the many choices out there, it is not always easy to locate the best hearing aids for your specific needs. If you really would like to narrow down your choices, you should first have a clear understanding of your particular hearing problem and your budget.

* Consult an Audiologist

If you have been diagnosed as suffering from hearing loss, ask your doctor for a referral to a reputable audiologist. An audiologist, or hearing specialist, can work with you to find a hearing aid that will suit your needs and your budget. However, even though an audiologist can help you choose a hearing aid, you should know what some of your options are before your first visit.

* Know About the Different Styles of Hearing Aids

It seems that many people get embarrassed about having an hearing aid, and they usually lean towards styles that can not be seen, like completely-in-the-canal or in-the-canal styles. However, these styles are not fit for everyone. They are of most help to those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Sometimes, those suffering from more severe hearing loss might require more powerful and visible styles, like in-the-ear or behind-the-ear styles.

* Analog over Digital?

The circuitry inside a hearing aid is responsible for taking sounds from the environment and amplifying them so you can hear better. Some types of circuitry do this job better than others, but it can also greatly affect the cost.

Basic analog circuitry is usually cheaper than others, but many people also find it to be the most cumbersome. For instance, if the sounds in a room are too loud, you have to manually turn the volume down. On the other hand, if sounds are too low, you have to manually turn the volume up.

The programmable analog circuitry is just a little bit more expensive than the basic model, but it advantages are obvious. One is that you can pre-program the hearing aid with several different volume settings and, depending on the level of sound in your environment, you can change the volume settings with just the click of a button, either on the device itself, or using a remote control.

Digital circuitry is probably the most desirable, and also the most expensive. As the sounds in your environment change, from soft to loud or high to low, a computer chip automatically adjusts the volume for you. The sound quality with digital hearing devices also tends to be better.

As discussed, finding the best hearing aids for your needs can be tough. However, once you acquire some technical and market knowledge and obtain some advice from an audiologist, you will never think the same way.
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