Hearing loss is a concern for people from a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and age groups. Losing your hearing may at first be very troubling, but is relatively common and fortunately easily managed. In most cases of hearing loss, a hearing aid is the best option to restore a functional level of hearing. With a variety of hearing aids and accessories available, selecting the device that is exactly right for you can sometimes seem daunting. Read on for a clear idea of what to consider when selecting your hearing aid.
The basic technology used in hearing aids is the same. Once you have an understanding of your hearing needs, it is important to pick a device that is comfortable and easy to wear. Behind-the-ear style aids, for example, are easy to put on and adjust and are effective in treating all levels of hearing loss. In-the-canal style hearing aids, on the other hand, can make talking on the phone easier, but these can be difficult to adjust and less comfortable for people with small ears.
The device that provides the highest level of functionality is obviously the biggest priority for a person with hearing loss. You do not have to sacrifice style for effectiveness, however, as a variety of hearing aid types are available that are both effective and discreet. Half-shell hearing aids, for instance, are custom fit, and provide the comfort of a behind-the-ear style aid with the subtlety of an in-the-canal device. A completely-in-the-canal type aid is the least noticeable in the ear and is less likely to pick up ambient sound like wind noise. Ultimately, finding the right balance of utility and style is up to you.
Naturally, an audiologist is the best resource for determining your hearing needs. Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers offer complete audiological testing, aural rehabilitation, and a wide selection of hearing aids. If you are in New York and in need of audiological services, call (888) 903-6717 today to make an appointment.