Top Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

Top Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

Top Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

Navigating the world of hearing aids can feel overwhelming. With a range of styles, technologies, and features to choose from, how do you settle on the perfect fit for your needs? At Amplify Hearing, we firmly believe there’s a hearing aid out there for everyone. Here’s our guide to finding yours.

  1. Hearing Test: The Essential First Step

Before diving into hearing aid types, get a professional hearing test. This will reveal the severity and specifics of your hearing loss, helping you and your audiologist determine the type and power of hearing aid you need.

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle dictates which features will bring you the most benefit. Think about the following:

  • Social Activity: Do you attend lots of group gatherings or noisy events? You might benefit from hearing aids with directional microphones and noise cancellation technology.
  • Physical Activity: If you’re active, consider sweat-resistant hearing aids and secure designs that won’t easily fall out.
  • Technology: Do you want Bluetooth connectivity for streaming phone calls and music? Rechargeable batteries for convenience?
  1. Explore the Different Styles

Hearing aids vary in how they’re worn and their visibility:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE): These models sit behind the ear with a small tube delivering sound into the ear canal. These are versatile and cater to a wide range of hearing loss.
  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC): Similar to BTEs but with a smaller receiver discreetly placed inside your ear canal.
  • In-the-ear (ITE): A custom-molded device that fits within the outer bowl of the ear.
  • In-the-canal (ITC): Slightly smaller than ITEs, sitting partially in the ear canal.
  • Completely-in-canal (CIC): The smallest and most discreet option, nestled entirely within your ear canal.
  1. Prioritise Comfort and Fit

A hearing aid should be worn for many hours a day, so comfort is key. Your local Amplify Hearing audiologist will guide you on the optimal fit, ensuring your hearing aid sits securely without causing irritation.

  1. Don’t Skimp on Technology

Today’s hearing aids are packed with features to enhance your hearing experience. Consider:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Mimics how your brain hears sound for the very richest listening experience, can convert speech into text and even translate 16 spoken languages.
  • Virtual assistance: Use your voice to adjust your hearing aid settings, set alarms or reminders.
  • Noise reduction: Reduces background noise in challenging environments.
  • Directional microphones: Improve focus on the person you’re talking to in crowded places.
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Directly streams audio and phone calls to your hearing aids.
  • Rechargeability: Eliminates the hassle of battery changes.
  • Fall Detection: Built in sensors detect a sudden fall and alert emergency contacts.

The Amplify Hearing Advantage

Choosing a hearing aid is a personal decision. At Amplify Hearing, we’re committed to simplifying the process. Our experienced audiologists will work with you to understand your specific needs and guide you in finding a hearing solution that truly enhances your life.

Let us help you rediscover the joy of effortless hearing. Find your local Amplify Hearing practice today and schedule your hearing test and consultation.