Choosing a Hearing Instrument
Selecting hearing aids with the appropriate features will depend on many factors. It is important to consult a hearing healthcare professional who can offer recommendations and advice to help you choose the hearing aid that is best for your hearing loss and lifestyle. Remember that no hearing aid style is better than another: It is simply a matter of choosing the one that's right for you.
Before choosing a style that's right for you, you should consider these factors:
- Degree and frequencies of hearing loss
Not all styles are appropriate for all hearing losses.
If special features, such as directional microphones, are required, a smaller hearing aid will not be large enough to house this feature.
- Ear anatomy
Some ear canals are very tiny, making it almost impossible to fit a CIC.
- Lifestyle needs
If you enjoy being outdoors, you may require a different aid than someone who enjoys the symphony.
- Manual dexterity
ITC and CIC hearing aids are easy to insert but require steady hands.
- Cosmetic preferences
With the range of sizes, styles and colors available, it is simply a matter of choosing what you prefer.
Hearing aids are available in a wide range of prices, so there's something for every budget.