How to choose the right hearing aid for you and your lifestyle
Are you experiencing hearing loss? Do you find it difficult to follow conversations or hear the TV clearly? If so, a hearing aid may be the solution that you need. However, with so many different types and styles of hearing aids available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this blog post, OutsideClinic’s Audiology Clinical Lead, Ian McKendrick will share some tips on how to choose the right hearing aid for you and your lifestyle. With Jon’s expertise and guidance, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and improve your hearing health.
Consider your hearing needs
The first step in choosing a hearing aid is to assess your hearing needs. Do you have difficulty hearing soft sounds, or do you struggle with high-pitched sounds? Do you find it hard to understand speech in noisy environments? A hearing assessment by a hearing professional can help determine the specific type and degree of hearing loss you have, which will guide the choice of the appropriate hearing aid. With OutsideClinic, our hearing care specialists can visit you in the comfort of your own home to complete a hearing assessment and guide you onto the next step of your hearing aid journey.
Think about your lifestyle
Your lifestyle can also play a role in choosing the right hearing. For example, if you spend a lot of time on the phone, you may want a hearing aid that can connect wirelessly to your smartphone or other devices. It’s important to get a hearing aid that works for you and gives your hearing a subtle boost making everyday life easier and more enjoyable – from your social life to your favourite hobbies.
Consider the style
Hearing aids come in various styles. The three main types of hearing aids are Receiver-In-Canal (RICSs) which are small, discreet and quick to fit, often the perfect choice for first-time hearing aid wearers. In-The-Ear (ITE) are custom hearing aids that fit snugly within the outer portion of the ear. Finally, the world’s most common hearing aid style, Behind-The-Ear (BTE), can be available in standard, mini, or power formats.
Look for features
Hearing aids also come with various features, such as noise reduction, speech enhancement and feedback suppression. Consider which features are important to you based on your lifestyle and hearing needs. Some hearing aids also have Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to stream audio directly from your smartphone, TV, or other devices.
Another important factor to consider is your budget. Depending on which type of hearing aid you choose, prices will vary. At OutsideClinic, our hearing aids range from £650 per ear upwards, and we also have NHS hearing aids available (depending on your area). Our hearing care specialists will consider your budget when helping you choose your hearing aids. With a personal fitting service, a full manufacturer’s warranty, and a money-back guarantee, you can confidently buy from OutsideClinic.
Trusted hearing specialists
Finally, choosing a reputable provider who can help you select the right hearing aid and provide ongoing support is important. At OutsideClinic, your hearing is in safe hands as we achieve the gold standard of excellence for hearing services delivery. OutsideClinic is the only domiciliary audiology provider to have achieved the IQIPS standard, which covers both our Private and NHS services. Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) is a professionally-led accreditation programme awarded by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). It recognises high-quality processes within a hearing care provider’s organisation.
In conclusion, choosing the right hearing aid involves considering your hearing needs, lifestyle, style preferences and features. With the right hearing aid, you can improve your hearing and enjoy a better quality of life. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a hearing professional to find the right hearing for you and if you need a visit at home to meet your hearing care needs then you can contact us on 0808 915 6260 or visit the website OutsideClinic | Book a free hearing test at home.