You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that it’s time to get a hearing aid. You’re tired of having to turn captions on the TV so you can “hear” what they’re saying. You’re embarrassed to keep saying “what?” every time someone asks you a question. Hearing someone through their mask is almost impossible, as is listening to a conversation when there is any background noise at all.
So, congratulations on your decision to improve the quality of your life with a hearing aid! The only regret you’re going to have is that you didn’t choose to do it sooner.
But when purchasing a hearing aid, where in the world do you even start? There are so many different decisions to be made, so many other brands to buy, and so many various features to consider. Will people be able to notice you have a hearing aid in? Will it have Bluetooth features that allow you to answer phone calls and listen to music through it too? Or do they make hearing aids with none of those newfangled things on them – just a simple hearing device?
Of course, our team at Excel ENT is here to help you make the right choice when it comes to the hearing aid that best suits your lifestyle and needs.
We understand you probably don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why we’ve created a primer for you that outlines all the things you’ll need to consider when purchasing a hearing aid. Of course, we’ll be right with you every step of the way to evaluate what’s important to you and help you make the best selection.
A general overview of the top hearing aids on the market today
Hearing aids these days are much more than just devices that allow for better speech understanding. You can do so many more things than you ever imagined with them!
For example, the Unitron hearing aid line allows you to remotely adjust your hearing aid’s transition from a new wearer to a different level of peak performance as you get used to them. They are known as the hearing aid line that allows you to hear speech with fantastic clarity, even in a room full of noise.
The Phonak hearing aid line offers a hearing aid that is the only 100% invisible hearing aid available today. It also lasts for months without replacement, changing batteries, or maintenance, making it a great hearing aid choice when you want something easy to manage.
For more tech-savvy people, the Resound hearing aid line offers distortion-free sound and direct streaming from iOS and Android devices!
There are so many options to choose from, and our experienced audiologist Dr. Helen Lee Miles will help you choose the hearing aid that is best for your needs.
Are you a technology geek? You’ll be blown away at what some hearing aids can do.
Of the three brands mentioned above, you have such technology options as:
- Listening to music through your mobile phone. The hearing aid in this scenario becomes like wireless headphones!
- Many also allow you to make hands-free phone calls right from your hearing aids.
- Several of our hearing aid options allow you to stream crystal-clear stereo sound from the television directly to your ears — some allow this feature from up to 23 feet away!
- Many hearing aids come with apps that work from your mobile devices, allowing you to get real-time hearing aid adjustment in real-life environments (like restaurants, meetings, work, and school.)
Who knew, right?
Your Hearing Aid Fitting
To ensure a proper fit for your hearing device, Dr. Helen Lee Miles will take measurements of your ear to determine the correct size for the in-ear receiver. She will use your audiogram (results from your hearing test) to assist in programming your hearing aids.
Once you try on your hearing aid, Dr. Helen Lee Miles will check for a good acoustic and physical fit. While speaking with Dr. Helen Lee Miles and testing out the sound, she will fine-tune the hearing aids. Her goal is to ensure that patients hear speech appropriately based on their hearing loss and are perceiving it well at a comfortable volume.
During each week of your 30-day trial, you’ll come back to visit with Dr. Helen Lee Miles for a hearing aid tuning. You can also try out the different levels of Phonak Marvel technology. Phonak offers three levels: premium, mid-level, and standard. All three provide dependable, rich, clear sound. Throughout your trial, you can test out each device to determine which is the perfect fit for your lifestyle and hearing needs.