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Did you know that there are more than 200 hearing aids on the market today? And that new ones are developed every month? How are you supposed to decide which hearing aids are best for you? First, go to an audiologist that you trust, but for a basic lesson on hearing aids, read below.

Almost all hearing aids today are digital and most are reliable as well. The trick is to find the one that works best for your hearing loss, life situation and physical ability. Just because your neighbor likes Siemens RIC doesn’t mean that it’s best for you. You can also read an excellent article on How to buy a hearing aid by Karen McGrane. Let’s break down the process into segments.

1. Determine Your Needs

You may hear well in quiet, but falter in background noise. You may need extra help on the phone or with the TV. You may be an avid golfer or sportsman who needs a waterproof or wind resistant hearing aid. Write down the three situations that are most important for you to hear that you are having difficulty with. This list will be different for everyone.

2. Determine the Style of Hearing Aid that works best for you

There are four general styles of hearing aids, and while it used to be that each one was for a different degree of hearing loss, technology has made it so that almost any hearing loss can be fit with almost any style. Look over the descriptions below to see which one or two you would gravitate to.

  • Custom Hearing Aids: In-the-Ear; In-the-Canal; completely in the canal;
  • Behind the Ear (BTE) tube fit
  • Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
  • Extended wear: Lyric

Read more about various hearing aid styles

3. Determine the Technology level best for you

This is where your audiologist’s expertise is very important. Hearing aids are computers, with more processing speed than most home computers. They perform millions of computation per second, and adjust for changing sound situations hundreds of times per second. Each step up in technology will garner improvement in sound quality or speech perception.

Which level of technology is best for you is a factor of your needs. Since each level up usually denotes a cost increase, your budget must also be factored in. Read about the affordable hearing aids we offer.

4. Branding and Options

There are many different hearing aid manufacturers: Widex, Siemens, Oticon, Phonak, and Starkey, just to name a few. For the most part, the brand of hearing aid isn’t as important as the technology level chosen or the competency of your audiologist.

Read more about different hearing aid options and compare hearing aids.