A hearing aid is a sophisticated electronic communication device. It is used to treat hearing loss by helping people hear the sound they are missing out on. If you are considering using this device, the first thing for you to know is that hearing aid devices are not ‘one size fits all’.
If you’ve spent some time researching hearing aids, than you probably know there are numerous hearing aid models available on the market for you to choose from. Thus, you may be wondering how to pick the right model for you.
A hearing healthcare provider is the most indicate person to help you out. He/she will give you an exam and help you to find a hearing aid that fits your personal hearing needs and also budget. In fact, a more expansive hearing aid doesn’t necessarily mean it is better for you. But on the other hand, picking the lest expensive model available may not help you if your case require more advanced features to address your hearing loss.
Again, picking the best hearing aid device for you will mostly depend on your specific hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Levels
While hearing aid models can feature many different technology levels, most of them are classified into three categories: basic, standard and premium. It is important to mention that the different levels of technology do no indicate the quality of the device, just the types and numbers of features each model presents. Usually, premium-level devices have the most advanced features – and they are the most expensive also.
Your personal hearing loss
Since everyone hears differently, it’s important that you consult with your hearing healthcare provider about a device that will address your personal needs the most.
On the past hearing aids were available only with one channel, meaning that the whole range of hearing (from low to high) was amplified to the same degree. Thus, when an individual turned up the volume, everything got louder equally. As the device became more popular and signal processing more advanced, this range start to be divided into smaller sections, allowing a hearing healthcare provider to adjust the frequency of the sound.
Nowadays modern hearing aid devices can feature from 4 to up to 24 channels. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to choose the most channels possible. Depending on your case, you may be fine with just a basic-level hearing aid that features a fewer channels. Schedule an appointment with a reliable hearing healthcare provider to find out what are your hearing needs, thus the best hearing aid for you.