Your Guide to Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
Choosing the right hearing aid can be a tricky business, especially if this is a new experience for you. Some hearing aid prices vary greatly so it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Today’s hearing aids come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and boast a multitude of new technologies, all of which can be very overwhelming.
In this blog we’ll give you some things to consider when you’re buying a hearing aid.
The first thing to consider is the kind of hearing loss you suffer from. Is it mild or severe? Your hearing loss is unique to you and it’s important that your hearing aids are the best one for your circumstances.
Do you need a hearing aid that can go the distance without needing a recharge? Is Bluetooth and being able to take calls on the go important to you? What about size or colour? Some people like to flaunt their devices while others prefer more subtle tech.
One big consideration to make when choosing the right hearing aid is your lifestyle.
Do you prefer a night out on the town or a night in?
Do you enjoy spending your evenings going for dinner and drinks with friends or are you more of a homebody? If you prefer evenings out on the town, you’ll find yourself exposed to a lot of background noise. These situations typically have lots of indistinct chatter, glassware clinking, chairs scraping – essentially lots of noise and none of it clear. For you the best type of hearing aid is one that reduces background noise and enhances speech to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lunch dates and dinner parties.
We recommend one of the best hearing aids on the market, the Phonak Paradise P90 with 20dB of noise cancellation they can’t be beaten.
What about streaming?
Do you want to be able to listen to your music or the TV through your hearing aids?
Do you often wonder if your hand is physically glued to your phone? If so, there’s a good chance Bluetooth hearing aids are the devices for you.
Hearing aids of the past often limited the wearer’s access to their personal audio devices. Many of today’s hearing devices offer Bluetooth connectivity to your phone or tablet and through the use of a Phonak TV Connector can easily stream your favourite TV show without affecting the sound for those also watching.
You can even manage your hearing aid from your smartphone. Today’s hearing aids aren’t just a one trick pony, and they can do much more than amplify sound. You can access dozens of apps that will help to personalize your hearing aid experience.
For the best streaming device, we recommend the ReSound One 9
What about sound?
Do you struggle to hear soft sounds? When we begin to lose our hearing, we don’t always notice it. Sounds like birds chirping, paper crackling and even the soft voices of children can be missed, with us none the wiser. If you find yourself struggling with soft sounds you would benefit greatly from a hearing aid with a good capability to amplify those soft, ambient sounds.
We recommend the Signia Xperience Pure 7X.
And finally, possibly the most important thing to consider is:
Where is my hearing most important to me?
Do you host large gatherings, go to religious services, regularly play sports or maybe you’re an avid sailor? It’s important to ask yourself what parts of your life are significant to your hearing journey as these are essential in choosing the right hearing aid for you.
If you’d like to read more about the best hearing aids in the UK, check out our top hearing aid picks of 2021 here.