Once the need for a hearing aid is established, our hearing health care practitioner will propose various styles and technologies based upon your specific hearing loss and communication needs.
Factors to consider:
- Degree and frequencies of hearing loss– Not all styles are appropriate for all hearing losses.
- Functionality– If special features, such as directional microphones are required, a smaller hearing aid will not be large enough to house this feature.
- Ear anatomy– Some ear canals are very tiny, making it almost impossible to fit a CIC.
- Lifestyle needs– If you enjoy being outdoors, you may require a different aid than someone who enjoys the symphony. If you are often communicating in large groups you may need adaptive directional microphones.
- Manual dexterity– ITC and CIC hearing aids are easy to insert but require steady hands. Some aids have automatic features others require manipulation of controls. Some come with a remote, others do not.
- Cosmetic preferences– With the range of sizes, styles and colors available, it is simply a matter of choosing what you prefer.
- Cost- Hearing aids are available in a wide range of prices, so there’s something for every budget.
It is important to be aware that everyone’s hearing is unique and what may be an appropriate hearing aid choice for one person is completely inappropriate for another.