When you find yourself in a situation where you can’t hear the sounds properly, probably it’s time to consider buying hearing aids to boost your hearing system. Hearing aid is a small electronic device that is specifically designed to fit in or on your ear, and it can be worn by a partly deaf person to amplify the nearby sounds for enhanced feedback. Depending on the level of your hearing loss, the following procedures can help you to find the right device:
Identify the most convenient device
Hearing aids are categorised according to where they are worn; either in the ear or just behind the ear. There are four hearing aid types, namely; In-the-ear (ITE) are less visible and used for severe hearing loss. They are placed right inside the ear. In-the-canal (ITC) is made to fit a part of your ear canal and can enhance moderate hearing loss. The Mini Completely in the canal is the least visible aid that is also less likely to pick up wind noise and then lastly, the banana-shaped Behind the Ear which has a tube for passing sound to an ear mold which is placed in your ear canal.
Optional considerations for hearing aids
Choosing among the other optional features compatible with hearing aids helps to enhance the hearing aid device’s sound reception and the general ability to work efficiently over time. Some of these options to consider are, directional microphones that help to pick sounds coming in front of you and less of those from behind, rechargeable batteries that eliminate the need to frequently change the batteries, the telecoils which enhance the sounds from the telephone and eliminating the surrounding noise, Wireless connectivity feature that enhances sounds from Bluetooth compatible devices and the remote controls to adjust the device’s features without touching it.
Consult your doctor or an audiologist
Before finally deciding to buy a hearing aid, it would be vital to visit your doctor for ear testing and diagnosis. It could be something correctable that is responsible for your hearing loss, for example, ear wax or an infection. Furthermore, if the doctor finds out that getting a hearing aid is the only solution for the hearing loss, then you will be referred to an audiologist. The audiologist will assess your hearing level and then offer advice on the most appropriate hearing aid style.
Other important things to consider are, the warranty service included on your hearing aid and whether you will require several office visits for inspections, knowing the hearing aid costs since they are expensive and their prices vary from $1500 or more. Don’t forget to discuss with your audiologist if there are any accessories that might complement your device’s performance.