hearing aid considerations
When selecting the correct hearing aid for your needs, it’s important to consider a number of factors. Continue reading as we talk about each of these more below.
See also our Guide to Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Prescription
Your Level of Hearing Loss
Your level of hearing loss is the most important factor in determining the style of hearing aid that’s best for you.
- Mild hearing loss means smaller hearing aids will be sufficient.
- More severe hearing loss requires a more powerful aid with strong speakers and larger batteries.
In addition to the strength of amplification you require, it is important to consider something we call ‘spatial sound’. This is a term used to define the low-level background noise that helps us to determine where sounds come from and which sounds we need to listen to.
Some modern hearing aids offer advanced spatial sound enhancement features that greatly improve your ability to sort the important sounds from those that you can safely ignore.
Your Current Health
Your current health and ability to manage and handle (dexterity) a hearing aid is considered when we advise you on a style of hearing aid. Hearing aids can be fiddly – there are small batteries to handle and change every 5-14 days, some styles require less maintenance and are easier to insert into or wear on the ear.
Your lifestyle plays an important role in selecting the right device for your day-to-day living. We consider whether you are retired, working or a student. Are you someone who is socially active – catching up with family and friends regularly through the week, or do you live a more quieter life. Do you regularly go to cafes, restaurants, parties, attend clubs or presentations, conferences or lecture halls. Your physical activity is also considered.
Hearing aids are available from basic to premium models. The premium aids are better suited and perform better in environments with noisy backgrounds and has more advanced functionality. See Hearing Aid Performance for more detail.
We know hearing aids are not cheap, therefore it is important to us to ensure you get a device that not only meets your hearing requirement but your budget too. At Totalcare Hearing, we do not over prescribe to sell you the most expensive hearing aid.
Seniors Card holders receive an additional discount of up to 10%. Pensioners and Veterans are eligible for fully funded aids.
One Hearing Aid or Two
For most people, hearing loss occurs in both ears. Ensuring both ears work as well as they can makes it easier to understand speech in noisy environments and to keep track of what is happening around you.
Modern hearing aids are purpose-built to support hearing from both sides. The two aids communicate wirelessly with each other and constantly compare information. This enables them to “fill in the gaps” in your sound picture – including sounds you didn’t even know you weren’t hearing!
Preserving Your Hearing
As well as enhancing the quality of your hearing, using two hearing aids can help to preserve your hearing.
If you have hearing loss on both sides – even if one ear works significantly better than the other – it is still important to treat both ears. Should you choose to only treat the ear that needs it most, the hearing in your other ear may get progressively worse.