Hearing aids may seem like simple devices. They have a microphone, amplifier and receiver to capture, strengthen and translate sounds and a battery that powers the entire system. Seems simple enough, but when you factor in the different types of hearing loss, hearing aid brands and your lifestyle needs, choosing the right hearing aid can be a daunting task. Luckily, your hearing care professional is with you every step of the way – from diagnosis to treatment to aftercare. Here are some tips to help you with the selection process.

  • Find a hearing care professional you trust. Accepting your hearing loss is a difficult time. You want to make sure your hearing care professional is attentive and understanding of your unique situation and knowledgeable about the solutions that will improve your hearing
  • Include a friend or family member. Now is not a time to be isolated from others. A family member or a close friend can bring you comfort and help you collect and process all of the information you will receive. Consider bringing someone with you when you visit your hearing care professional
  • Understand your hearing and lifestyle. Sit down and think about the situations that are most hindered by your hearing loss. Write down common activities, work needs and hobbies. Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all, and your lifestyle needs are an important consideration when making a selection
  • Understand the adjustment period. Once you select a hearing aid spend time talking with your hearing care professional about the adjustment period. Be sure to take advantage of any follow up appointments and training opportunities that will help you transition to wearing the new hearing aids

When it comes to selecting a hearing aid, you are not alone. Your hearing care professional will help you find the best device to improve your hearing.