Austin Hearing Aid Center

How to Pick the Best Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Selection

After visiting your audiologist and being advised that you need a hearing aid, they will guide you on what types of hearing aids are available, any additional features they may have and will recommend specific brands that are suitable for your budget.

The most common types of hearing aids available are:

  • In the canal (ITC)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • Completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC
  • Receiver in canal (RIC) and receiver in the ear (RITE)
  • Open-fit hearing aid

When you are deciding on what type of hearing aid is best for you, it is important to think about what you want to get out of it. For example, is there a type of environment that particularly bothers you? Do you have trouble hearing certain sounds or when you are having a conversation? What does your lifestyle mean for your hearing? When you have answered these questions, you may get a better idea of what features you want your hearing aid to include. Some of the most popular additional features in a hearing aid are:

  • Directional microphones
  • Noise reduction
  • Telecoils
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Environmental noise control

There are many hearing aids available on the market from different manufacturers. It doesn’t have to be expensive, so you want to make sure that you are finding a hearing aid that offers you all the features that you need whilst still sticking within your budget and still being comfortable so that you can wear it daily. By researching online you will discover a range of hearing aids that have many revolutionary features, as well as hearing aids that are more simple without lacking in functionality.

By doing your research, you can read customer testimonials on each hearing aid, which will help you to pick the best one. As it is such an essential part of your life, you want to make sure that it is reliable and that it isn’t full of empty promises. A good hearing aid will come with a detailed written contract and a full warranty (meaning that if anything malfunctions throughout its lifetime, you should be able to get your money back or a replacement as soon as possible), as well as the ability to try it out before you purchase it – this is essential in determining the type of hearing aid that you want, as well as what features you need. You should expect that your hearing aid will last for a few years; if it doesn’t you know that it is faulty. It is a worthy investment for your health so you want to ensure that the hearing aid is worth its price tag.

Like buying anything that is personal to you, it is up to you which hearing aid you choose. It is also vital to remember that a hearing aid will not completely solve your hearing issues but will assist them. Throughout the journey to find the best hearing aid for you, it is important to stay positive, talk to family and friends and go back to your audiologist for a follow-up appointment.


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