Searching for Hearing Aids?
Aug 05, 2012 in Hearing Aids
If you have been looking to buy a Hearing Aid Device recently, you have possibly realized that choosing the right one is quite challenging. There are so many different companies marketing so many different brands, with so many different technological features, that comparing and choosing the right one for your specific needs could be very confusing.
Choosing the right Hearing Aid, to a very large extent depends on the outcome of your Hearing Test & Assessment, and thus selecting your Hearing Aid Dispenser is the very first step towards choosing the right device.
Below we have compiled a list of things you should consider while choosing your Hearing Aid Dispenser & Hearing Aid device.
Things to consider when choosing Hearing Aid Dispenser,
1) Look for a company that does not just sell the Hearing Aid as a product, but offers an end to end solution for Hearing Impairment, including Hearing Tests & Assessments, Variety of Products from different Manufacturers, and a stable aftercare.
2) The company you choose should be able to offer you a variety of products from different manufacturers, just so that, you can find the exact solution for your specific requirements, as one single product/brand might not be the best for everyone.
3) When you have your Hearing Test & Assessment done, ask to see if you can have some product demos done for some different styles of Hearing Aids.
4) Find out if the costs include fittings, warranty, aftercare, batteries etc and if the seller accepts replacements or returns, in case the Hearing Aid does not suit your requirements.
5) It is very important to find a company who has a local branch, as you would need them in the future, for aftercare, or for readjustments in case the severity of your Hearing loss changes.
Things to consider when choosing the Hearing Aid device,
1) Start by choosing the right Hearing Aid style depending on your Hearing Test results. For instance if you are experiencing a mild to moderate Hearing Loss, you might want to choose the CIC – Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids, which are virtually invisible in your ear, however if you are experiencing a severe hearing loss, you might have to choose, BTE – Behind the Ear hearing aids, BTE Hearing Aid Devices are comparatively larger as they require larger batteries to amplify sounds significantly.
2) Find out if your Hearing Aid device can be reprogrammed if necessary. Programmable Hearing Aids are a step up in the Hearing Aid technology. These devices have analogue circuits which can be adjusted by a Hearing Aid Healthcare professional considering your needs. This is very important because, if there is a change in your Hearing you can easily get your device fine tuned to match up.
3) Ask if your Hearing Aid Device has wireless connectivity/Bluetooth capability. Wireless connectivity is one of the most recent and best advances in the hearing aid technology. Devices that are enabled with this feature can be wirelessly connected to other devices like mobile phones, music systems, television & computers etc, using Bluetooth technology. This is possible by using a small device called the Streamer that can be kept in your pocket. Imagine being able to answer a call received on your mobile phone without touching your mobile, all you have to do is press a button on your streamer and it transfers the caller’s voice directly into your hearing aid device.
4) Ask what other features your Hearing Aid device has, including features like Feedback Management, Data Logging, and Directional Microphones etc.
While all these and many other features can be discussed in great detail, the key to choosing the right Hearing Aid device for you will depend on,
1) Your Hearing Aid Dispensers recommendation based on your Hearing Test & Assessment
2) Your cosmetic preferences in terms of styles & colors etc
3) Ease of use as well as richness in terms of Features & Capability
4) Price & Service offered including aftercare.