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.
Consider these when you’re buying a hearing aid:
- What kind of hearing loss do you have?
- What lifestyle do you have?
- Would you like to stream audio?
- What sounds do you struggle with most?
- Where is your hearing most important to you?
What Kind Of Hearing Loss Do You Have?
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.
Nights Out Or Nights In? What Lifestyle Do You Have?
Do you enjoy spending your evenings going for dinner and drinks with friends or are you more of a 'stay at home and watch Netflix' kind of person? Evenings out on the town involve a lot of background noise, such as 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 Lumity with 16% better speech understanding in noise compared to previous models.
Would You Like To Stream Audio?
Do you want to be able to listen to your music or the TV through your hearing aids? Spend a lot of time on your phone? If so, there’s a good chance one of these Bluetooth hearing aids are the devices for you.
Previous hearing aids often limited people'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 others watching.
You can even manage your hearing aid from your smartphone in one of the hearing aid apps. Today’s hearing aids aren’t just a one trick pony, and they can do much more than amplify sound.
For the best streaming device, we recommend the Resound OMNIA.
What Sounds Do You Struggle With Most?
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.
Where is your hearing most important to me?
Do you host large gatherings? Regularly play sports? It’s important to ask yourself what parts of your life are significant to you 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 2023.
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