3. What is your lifestyle: Do you spend time in noisy environments and groups of people? Are you mostly in a quiet environment with a small group of people? This would determine the level of technology that you would need to cope with your sound environment. The more advanced the technology and the higher the level the better the hearing aid will be able to classify the environment and apply the appropriate noise reduction and speech enhancement to help you get the best quality of the voices that you want to listen to. The noise reduction will help lower the level of the background noise and the speech enhancement will lift the level of the speech. There are many different features running at the same time to help enhance the signal and lower the noise. This has a lot to do with the microchip that is in the hearing aid and the speed at which it samples the sound in your environment. The most recent technology is always the fastest and has the most advanced features to help you get the best sound quality and hearing.
4. Realistic expectations: Having realistic expectations of what a hearing aid ia able to do is very important for the success of your hearing aid fitting. Reality: Hearing aids do not restore normal hearing- they “aid” your ability to hear. In fact, today’s devices do not amplify everything equally. Today’s technology permits the audiologist to selectively amplify only what you need. For example, if you hear low pitched sounds normally, they are not programmed to be amplified. All levels of sound are not amplified equally. This means that soft and average sounds may be increased but loud sounds are not. The following are the basic result you should be expecting from your hearing aid: Soft sounds should be audible, speech should be clear in difficult listening environments. Loud sounds should be in your range of comfort. Use of the telephone should be easy. Devices should be very comfortable.
5. Do you have physical limitations: Changing wax guards and batteries can be a tricky business if you have dexterity problems or problems with your eyesight. Choosing a rechargeable hearing aid that does not need the batteries changed will make the management of the hearing aids much less complicated. Your audiologist would also take these factors into account when advising you on the style of hearing aid that would suit your needs.
6. What is your budget? This will affect the level of technology that you are able to afford. We as audiologists try to match the best technology for your hearing loss and lifestyle but also stay within your budget.