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Hearing Aid Selection

A hearing aid that works for one person may not be the best option for everyone. If you have a hearing loss, our audiologist needs to have an understanding of your communication needs and difficulties. This information plus other data from your test results enables us to provide relevant hearing advice and help you select a device that best matches your needs.

Here are some factors that need to be considered when selecting hearing aids.

Audiological factors

1. Type and degree of hearing loss
Certain hearing aids perform better and are better suited to different types and degrees of hearing loss. The needs for a person with a profound hearing loss will be very different to someone with only a mild degree of loss.

2. Ear anatomy
The ear canal shape and size varies from person to person. Most ears are big enough for an In-the-Ear hearing aid but they may not always be large enough to accommodate the smaller types that fit deep into the ear canal.

3. One or two hearing aids?
If you have a hearing loss in both ears, you should wear two hearing aids. Not because they make things twice as loud, but because they give you;

  • a better sense of where the sound is coming from
  • an improved overall sound quality and clearer speech perception in normal listening environments
  • increased speech understanding in groups and noisy situations
  • more relaxed hearing
  • a feeling of more balanced hearing and
  • the chance to avoid a condition known as “auditory deprivation”, where the ear becomes lazy due to lack of stimulation.
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Personal Factors

1. Communication needs
It is important to consider the situations where you would like to improve your hearing. What do you want to achieve at work, at home, at social events, etc.?

2. Handling hearing aids
For those people who have limited independence and require assistance, there are several factors that need to be considered. Sometimes a volume control may help, whereas other times a fully automatic hearing aid is appropriate.

3. Cosmetic appearance
Hearing aids come in a wide variety of sizes. The most discreet solutions are Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC), compact Behind-the-Ear (BTE) or Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) instruments in a hair or skin-tone colour.

Smaller hearing aids are more discreet but may be more difficult to manipulate. Our audiologist will be able to demonstrate the different styles to you.

4. Price
Hearing aids come in various price categories. AudioHearing provides you with a choice of hearing aids with differing levels of technology – from basic through to mid-range, high-range and premium devices. We have a trained and experienced audiologist who can help you choose the best product to suit your hearing and lifestyle needs.

5. Sound quality
Technology is everywhere today, helping to solve people’s problems. The size and performance of hearing aids have improved. Almost all instruments today are digital, running on powerful computer microchips to provide the best possible sound quality.

6. Lifestyle
How active are you? Lifestyle is particularly important when deciding on hearing aids. For more socially active people who are often in more challenging listening environments, a more sophisticated hearing aid is recommended. The more sophisticated devices will offer more help in noisy environments such as meetings, family gatherings, restaurants, parties, and noisy workplaces. For people who prefer quieter activities at home, such as watching TV and talking to one or two people in quiet, hearing aids that do not include all the high-tech features may be sufficient.

7. Reliability
Product reliability can save time, repair costs as well as the frustration of a malfunctioning hearing aid.

After looking at your clinical needs and your personal preferences, our audiologist, will be able to discuss your options clearly and help you make the right decision.

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