Once you’ve seen an audiologist and had your hearing tested, your audiologist may decide you could benefit from hearing aids. There are a wide variety of hearing aid manufacturers and types of hearing aids. The more sophisticated the technology, the greater the cost.
Making the Right Choice
A patient may choose a hearing aid based on appearance and functionality. For example, invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids are not highly visible but also do not include directional microphones. The smaller devices cannot hold as large of batteries and may not help with moderately severe to severe hearing loss. In-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids, though more visible, can be more effective for those with profound deafness.
In other words, you need to take into account a variety of factors when choosing a hearing aid; these include personal preference, lifestyle needs and technology options.
There is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to hearing aids.
Cost vs. Value
Hearing aids range in price based on the type of hearing loss they treat and the technology and service required to match your lifestyle.
Consider all the activities that you are unable to fully enjoy because of your hearing loss. Do you miss parts of conversations? Do you avoid your favorite restaurants because of the noise? Do you enjoy music but miss out on the nuances of your favorite songs? Hearing aids can help.
While higher tier technology is more costly, there are many features that wearers find essential. Today’s newest devices can connect to your smartphone and TV via Bluetooth® so you can stream calls, music, your favorite shows and more. In addition, some models offer rechargeable batteries and auto-adjustments when you enter a new listening environment.
Happiness from Hearing Aids
When you are in the market for hearing aids, be sure to consider all your needs, not just budget. Purchasing low-tier technology will work for some, but if you have a more complex or profound hearing loss, you will not achieve your full hearing potential with baseline technology.
Talk to your audiologist to find a solution that is right for you. Financing options are available.
Call San Francisco Audiology at (415) 362-2901 for more information or to schedule an appointment.