Choosing a Hearing Aid
The type of hearing aid device best suited to your needs will greatly depend on the nature and extent of your hearing loss and the size and shape of the outer ear and canal. Some conditions (i.e. ear drainage) may prevent a person from wearing hearing aids that block the ear or canal.
A few other factors to keep in mind as you choose your hearing aid:
- Aesthetic considerations play a large role for some wearers, who may prefer wearing nearly invisible aids.
- Some people prefer a hearing aid that is visible but blends with their skin tone.
- Small hearing aids (in-the-canal or completely-in-the-canal styles) also have tiny batteries and an individual with limited dexterity or sight problems may find these difficult to operate. Small batteries also have less battery life than larger batteries.
- It is a good idea to carefully examine the hearing aid's warranty; each manufacturer has different warranty terms for repair, loss and damage.
- Check first with your health insurance provider to find out if the device is covered.
- All suppliers offer trial periods to ensure the person is happy with their new hearing aid. But make sure to ask whether or not there will be a charge for this service.
- In case of future problems, where can your new hearing aid be repaired? We offer loaner hearing aids for a small fee to use while your hearing aid is out for repair, if needed.
Assistive listening devices are compatible with certain aids, so it is best to determine what functions will be needed to ensure that the aid has the capabilities that will suit the user both now and in the future.
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