Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

Choosing a hearing aidHearing aids are complex, sophisticated hearing devices that come in a variety of sizes and styles. Many are available with an array of options and features for an improved listening experience. Choosing the right hearing aid can be a daunting task based on several key factors: your type and degree of hearing loss, lifestyle needs, price range, and personal preference. There are steps you can take to make the process easier, and allow you to narrow your choices and choose a hearing aid perfectly suited for you.

  • Bring friend or relative with you to our hearing aid Portland office. A spouse, friend, or family member will lend moral support, and help you with your decision-making.
  • Talk with an expert. Speak with a hearing health professional – either an audiologist or a hearing aid provider – for information on different styles of hearing aids, and what will work best for your hearing loss.
  • Determine what you want your hearing aids to do for you. Know in advance whether you are looking for an instrument that will amplify the television, boost a speaker’s voice, etc.
  • Get a hearing test. Our Portland office audiologists will give you a hearing test to determine what type of hearing loss you have, and which hearing aid will best assist you. These hearing tests at our Portland offices are vital to understanding your hearing needs.
  • Test before you purchase. Hearing aids can be pricey. Ask to test out the hearing aids recommended for you before making a purchase. You’ll want to experience firsthand how they work before committing to such an important decision.
  • Ask about optional features. Today’s hearing aids are available with many extra features, but not all of them will be useful to you. Consider your lifestyle to determine whether you need add-ons like directional microphones, feedback cancellation, and wireless compatibility.
  • Test it out before leaving. Once you’ve selected a hearing aid, be sure to check whether it fits okay, and works to your expectations. An automated “real ear” test can help you determine how well it works.
  • Get a signed contract. This will spell out warranty terms, price, trial period, and follow-up visits to protect you in the event any issues should creep up.
  • Ask about training opportunities. Hearing involves the brain as much as the ear; you’ll want to teach your brain how to hear while wearing hearing aids. Aural education and rehabilitation can help – ask your audiologist about these and other opportunities, such as auditory training at home on a personal computer.

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