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How to Pick the Best Hearing Aids

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Choosing the best hearing aids for your needs involves you choosing the right type of hearing aid as well as the best features. When you are diagnosed with hearing loss by an audiologist, there is a lot of choice with regards to the right hearing aids. But if you want to pick the best hearing aids, there are a few things you need to consider. 

Understand the Different Styles

There are several different types of hearing aid that will depend on your level of hearing loss. The most common types include the following:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC) or completely in canal (CIC)

What Features Do You Need? 

Depending on the hearing aid you choose, you will be able to pick several custom features. There are various hearing aid features out there, but it's important to remember that every one of the following is not compatible with every single hearing aid:

  • Noise reduction: This works to reduce the background noise, so you can focus on the person speaking in front of you. 
  • Rechargeable batteries: This allows you to charge the batteries at the end of the day, and not have to purchase new ones every few months. 
  • Environmental noise control: This helps you to change your settings depending on the environment you are in. 
  • Directional microphones: This aims to direct the sound that is in front of you to sound louder than noise behind or to the sides of you. 
  • Bluetooth connectivity: This will allow you to connect your device to any Bluetooth device, including smartphones. 
  • Wireless connectivity: This can allow you to connect your device to televisions, improving your experience. 
  • Tinnitus masking features: If you experience the symptoms of tinnitus, a hearing aid can emit sounds to mask this ringing in your ears. 

Picking the Best Hearing Aid

When you are picking the best hearing aid for your needs, you've got to understand what will work best for your lifestyle. You need to consider your current needs, but you should also think about what your needs will be in the future. It's important to have the best hearing possible, but also make sure that you can get used to the device and it becomes a seamless part of your lifestyle. Hearing aids can make a considerable difference to the quality of anyone's life, which is why it's important to pick the best hearing aids for your individual needs.