Questions to Ask Your Hearing Provider About Hearing Aids
Getting a new hearing aid can make you both excited and nervous. This is particularly likely if it’s your first hearing aid. The good news is that your hearing health professional will be happy to tell you anything you want to know. With that in mind, here are four questions you should ask your hearing health professional about hearing aids.
What Are the Details of My Hearing Loss?
Everybody experiences hearing loss in their own unique way. What’s more, your experience of hearing loss will usually change as you age. Your hearing health professional will use scientific testing to gain an understanding of your hearing now.
They will combine this with your medical history and lifestyle to make predictions about how your hearing may change in the future. They will, however, continue to test your hearing regularly to monitor for changes rather than just relying on their initial predictions.
Your hearing health professional will be able to explain the extent of your hearing loss and give you details about its scope. For example, they may determine that you only experience hearing loss at certain pitches. Your hearing health professional will test both ears separately as your experience of hearing loss may be different in each ear.
What Type of Hearing Aid Do You Recommend?
The most common types of hearing aid are behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC). Objectively, no one type of hearing aid is better or worse than the other. Choosing the right hearing aid for you is about working out what type of hearing aid fits best with your needs, wants and lifestyle.
As a rule of thumb, BTE hearing aids are bigger than ITE hearing aids. ITE hearing aids are bigger than ITC hearing aids. Bigger hearing aids are more visible than smaller ones. That said, they are still very discreet. They can also be easier to fit, remove and generally use. Likewise, smaller hearing aids are harder to see but can also be more challenging to use.
What Are My Specific Options?
BTE, ITE and ITC are all general types of hearing aid. There are numerous models of each available to choose from. Again, choosing the right hearing aid for you isn’t about choosing the good model over the bad model. It’s about working out what model is the best option for you personally.
For example, some people might appreciate hearing aids with the latest high-tech features. Others, however, might find these too complicated and prefer a more basic hearing aid. It’s entirely up to you. Your hearing health professional is simply there to help you make an informed choice.
Can I try before I buy?
In many ways, choosing a hearing aid is like choosing an item of clothing. It may look good and tick all the right boxes. You do, however, generally want to try it on before you commit. This is why many hearing health professionals will arrange for you to trial a hearing aid before you decide whether or not to buy it.
For more information on available products and styles, give Delta Hearing Services a call today at (941) 267-4871.