Getting hearing aids for the first time is a huge decision, and is one that will likely change your life for the better. However, you need to make sure that the hearing aids are going to work well for you, or you will not get the optimum benefits out of them. This article will discuss three different questions that you should ask yourself before choosing a certain type of hearing aids and hearing amplification:
What Type Of Hearing Loss Were The Hearing Aids Created For?
Different hearing aids are created for different ranges of hearing loss, so it is important to make sure that your hearing aids are fit for your hearing loss. While your audiologist will explain to you what type of hearing aid options you have, in the end it is going to be your decision which type you choose.
In-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are usually made for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss, while behind-the-ear hearing aids are made for people with mild to profound hearing loss.
Are Your Hearing Aids Covered By Your Insurance and/or What Hearing Aid Services Does Your Audiologist Offer?
You will also need to take into consideration that your insurance may cover some, if not all, of your hearing aid costs. Talk with your insurance and find the brands that they cover, as well as the type of hearing aids that they cover. You will also want to talk with your audiologist to see what kind of hearing aid services they can offer you.
Often times, if you order your hearing aids through your audiologist, they will clean them for you as part of their services. They can also help to adjust the channels on your hearing aids, and make sure that they are operating at their optimum level for you.
Are You Going To Feel Comfortable Wearing Them?
This is perhaps the most important question that you need to ask yourself because if you don't feel comfortable both physically and emotionally while wearing your hearing aids, you likely aren't going to wear them. If you don't feel emotionally comfortable wearing a BTE hearing aid, and if your hearing loss is within the mild to moderate range, then you should definitely get some type of in-the-ear hearing aid.
Also make sure that the hearing aids are physically comfortable as well. You don't want them to irritate your ears or cause you pain, so make sure the molds have been fitted to match your ear perfectly.
Once you have asked yourself all of these questions, you can then proceed forward with choosing some great hearing aids that will work for you.