Choosing the right hearing aid is very important for people who have hearing impairment. Since hearing aids are a substantial investment, it is only reasonable to understand the advantages and disadvantages of certain styles and even to test out potential aids before making a purchase. Just like in any other thing you purchase, you should also compare costs before buying to be able to get a hearing aid that suits your budget.
In shopping for a hearing aid, there are three important factors to check:
For most people with hearing loss, cost of a hearing aid is the first thing they consider when shopping for one.
Hearing aids aren’t cheap, to say the list. That said, it is always helpful to shop around and compare prices, as well as the brand and models so that you can buy a hearing aid that has the features you covet while remaining within your budget.
Hearing aids also differ in style, which should make you think twice about getting one that suits your preferences and needs. In-canal hearing aids are those that fit the ear canal, receiving signals through small wires that are attached to small receivers behind the ears. In-ear hearing aids are styled to fit in the bowl of the outer ear, with volume controls and directional microphones. Behind-the-ear types rest behind the ear and connect to a small molded fit which fits inconspicuously inside the ear.
Another factor to consider in buying a hearing aid is the volume control. This is very true if your hearing is sensitive to certain noises or high levels of winds. Many digital models have automatic volume control design that can adjust the volume levels when it senses noise. Manual volume controls, on the other hand, can have its volume turned up or down by the user as he deems fit.
If you like the features of both styles, you can purchase a digital hearing aid with a manual override function.
In case you’re not yet sure on the right type of hearing aid for you, ask your physician about his recommendations. He may have a type of hearing in mind for you given your needs.
Moreover, hearing aid makers usually offer trial periods to entice prospective buyers. This should give you enough time to test a hearing aid before buying. Weighing your options and taking into consideration the aforementioned factors can help you choose the right hearing aid for you.
If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.
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