A diagnosis of hearing loss can be difficult to accept. But did you know that hearing loss is the 3rd most common health condition found in older adults in the United States? In fact, estimates show that 48 million people, or 20% of Americans have a hearing loss. On average, only 1 in 5 people with a hearing loss is treating it with a hearing device.
Leaving a hearing loss untreated can have hidden consequences. The use of hearing aids can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. The variety of options available in hearing devices can make finding the right device for you challenging.
How to Choose The Right Hearing Aid For You
At Family Audiology, we have a wide variety of hearing aids available. The selection of an appropriate size (or style) is an important item to consider when choosing a hearing instrument. Your lifestyle and the environments that you frequent will both play a part in the best hearing aid for you. These 3 questions can help you get a head start in narrowing down your choices in hearing aids.
"What kind of lifestyle do you lead?"
One of the biggest things to take into consideration when you’re buying a hearing aid is your lifestyle. Do you play a lot of sport? Perhaps you watch a lot of TV. Are you regularly in noisy environments? By thinking about this in advance, your hearing aid professional will be better informed to match your lifestyle with the appropriate hearing aid.
"Are you comfortable with new technology?"
Just like most technology in our life, hearing aids continue to evolve. Ask yourself how comfortable you are in dealing with new technology. Do you want to look at Bluetooth compatibility? What about hearing aids that link to an app on your smartphone? Advances in technology continue to provide new avenues for hearing aids.
"Have you worn hearing aids before?"
This is an important question to consider. If you’ve worn hearing aids before, what was it about the devices that you did, or did not, like? Did it include functionality that you loved? What were the available features? Was there anything that you would change if you could?
The first step to finding the right hearing aid for you is to speak to a hearing care professional. At Family Audiology, our team will walk you through your available options, and find the hearing aid that is right for you. By having the answers to the above questions ready in advance of your appointment, you can help give us a head start. Book in an appointment with the team by calling 607-323-4061, or click here to book a consultation.