Choosing the Right Hearing Aid for You

Wondering what the best hearing aids are? It’s a combination of factors including the what type of hearing loss you have, your lifestyle and budget. Based on this information we can suggest the best type of hearing aid for you and program it to your customized settings. Here are a few lifestyle questions to consider when you are choosing hearing aids.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is fairly common and might explain why you can hear a pin drop, but not be able to make out what your partner is saying. You’re born with tiny hairs called cilia in your inner ear that move when sound waves are present. Nerves translate the movement of these tiny hairs into information that goes to your brain where it gets interpreted into distinct sounds and frequencies.

The better the movements are interpreted, the more easily you’re able to hear distinctions between sounds such as “D” and “T” or hear letters like “S”, “H” and “F”. Unfortunately, the cilia are extremely delicate and can be harmed by loud noise or other trauma.

Cilia also help your brain determine how loud a sound is, where it’s coming from, and how far away it is.

The Most Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when these tiny hairs are damaged. Often, this type of hearing loss is gradual, which is why many people associate it with aging. It’s thought that animals are able to regrow these hairs and regain their hearing when their cilia get damaged, but humans don’t seem to have this ability naturally.

Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:

Loud sounds
Head injuries or other trauma
Diseases like diabetes or autoimmune disease
High blood pressure
Some medications
How to Deal with Sensorineural Hearing Loss
While there are no current medical treatments to heal cilia, you can successfully address sensorineural hearing loss with hearing technology such as hearing aids.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Choosing a Hearing Aid

Best Hearing Aid Styles for…

So which are the best hearing aids for you? Start with considering what it is you want to do again. Did you miss the few whispered lines revealing who-dunnit at the theatre? Or do you want to join friends at the poolside bar and catch up? Your hearing aids shouldn’t just be amplifying sound…they should be working in your ideal lifestyle. After all, if your hearing aids aren’t helping you do the things you love, they aren’t the best choice for you.

Consider this when you’re determining which are the best hearing aids for you:

  • Do you love going to concerts, the movies, or to local lectures? If so, check out whether your local venue offers hearing loops. We can suggest hearing aids that sync with these systems so you can discreetly tap into their hearing system.
  • Are you a frequent flyer (or do you use mass transit)? Even many taxis and buses are equipped with technology designed to work with hearing aids.
  • Need to hear the instructor in water aerobics class? Just let us know—we can show you waterproof hearing aids.
  • Tracking your fitness and health? The latest hearing technology can track your vital signs more accurately than the most popular fitness trackers! 

Once you have a list of situations where you’d like your hearing aids to work, it’s time to look at styles and brands.

Questions to Ask Before Buying Hearing Aids

We can show you a variety of styles and brands. As you check out the hearing aids, ask yourself the following questions:

 

  • What features will you need? Do you work in a noisy environment? If so, you’ll need hearing aids that help you focus on your colleague’s voice and drown out background noise. If you’re on the phone a lot, you might be more interested in hearing aids that sync with phones. Make a list of the situations where you are struggling to hear and prioritize your list.
  • How hard is the pair you are evaluating to put on and adjust? Do you have trouble seeing or manipulating the buttons?
  • How difficult is it to put in batteries? Also consider how frequently you’re willing to replace batteries (and how expensive are they)? Would rechargeable hearing aids work better for you?
  • What accessories will you need to make it work for your lifestyle? Are they within your budget?

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is fairly common and might explain why you can hear a pin drop, but not be able to make out what your partner is saying. You’re born with tiny hairs called cilia in your inner ear that move when sound waves are present. Nerves translate the movement of these tiny hairs into information that goes to your brain where it gets interpreted into distinct sounds and frequencies.

The better the movements are interpreted, the more easily you’re able to hear distinctions between sounds such as “D” and “T” or hear letters like “S”, “H” and “F”. Unfortunately, the cilia are extremely delicate and can be harmed by loud noise or other trauma.

Cilia also help your brain determine how loud a sound is, where it’s coming from, and how far away it is.

The Most Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when these tiny hairs are damaged. Often, this type of hearing loss is gradual, which is why many people associate it with aging. It’s thought that animals are able to regrow these hairs and regain their hearing when their cilia get damaged, but humans don’t seem to have this ability naturally.

Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:

Loud sounds
Head injuries or other trauma
Diseases like diabetes or autoimmune disease
High blood pressure
Some medications
How to Deal with Sensorineural Hearing Loss
While there are no current medical treatments to heal cilia, you can successfully address sensorineural hearing loss with hearing technology such as hearing aids.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

What’s the Process for Getting Hearing Aids?

The first step in addressing hearing loss is to get a hearing test to see if hearing aids might help you hear better. We will review recent changes in your health, where you notice your hearing loss and may test how well you hear. At the evaluation, be sure to mention any related issues such as dizziness, ringing in the ears and extreme fatigue. Based on this evaluation, we may make a referral to a medical doctor.

Sometimes hearing tests reveal the cause of hearing loss is simple to address, such as impacted earwax in which case we will refer you to a physician. If the hearing loss reveals permanent damage to your hearing, you may be a good candidate for hearing aids.

Either way, we’ll review your hearing test results with you and if applicable discuss which hearing aid types are most likely to improve your hearing and fit your lifestyle. Once you select a hearing aid style, we will custom fit it to your ear and program it based on your audiogram results.

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