Hearing Aids

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A HEARING AID



PHYSICAL


YOUR HEARING LOSS

This is an important factor to consider. If you have mild to moderate hearing loss you can purchase a smaller hearing instrument, however if it is moderate to serve you will need to purchase a larger style as you require a more powerful instrument, with a larger battery.


YOUR EAR ANATOMY

When determining which type of instrument you can wear you need to take into account the size and shape of your ear canal-which our professionals can tell you more about this, and help find you the ‘right fit’.


OTHER EAR-RELATED FACTORS

These can include considering if you need a wax-proof model, or if you need a moisture-repellent style. For example if you live somewhere humid, or do a lot of physical activity a moisture-repellent model may be more beneficial.


ONE OR TWO HEARING INSTRUMENTS

Research shows that even if you have hearing slightly better in one ear than the other, it is best to have two hearing instruments. Today’s hearing instruments are purpose-built to support hearing in both sides. This is because two hearing aids can communicate wirelessly and compare information; they can help fill in gaps in your sound picture to make you more aware of your surroundings, and to be able to understand sound in busy and noisy environments.



PERSONAL


YOUR LIFESTYLE

Another important aspect is your lifestyle- If you lead an active lifestyle you should consider premium or advanced hearing instruments, as these are able to adapt to the widest variety of sounds, including noisy environments, and do not require constant adjustments.

Other lifestyle factors to consider include if you consider yourself the “stay-at-home” type of person who enjoys readings, watching television or gardening.


WHAT ARE YOUR COMMUNICATION NEEDS?

Ask yourself exactly where you would like to be able to hear ‘better’. For instance asking yourself where do you have trouble hearing, for example do you have trouble communicating when socialising with friends, or when you are in a busy place? It is a good idea to also involve your family and close friends as their observations can be valuable to finding of what your communication needs may include.


WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONNECT TO?

Better hearing does not just include hearing in face-to-face situations but in regards to audio sources also. These sources include everyday devices you use such as your telephone/mobile, television, and stereo. In regards to better hearing audio sources such as these you might consider hearing instruments that offer wireless connectivity.


WHAT ABOUT LOOKS?

Design is not just about looking at the functions of the hearing instrument; it also involves looking at it aesthetically. In regards to looks you can be trendy and stylish-or discreet, or both! With many styles and colours to choose from it’s easy to find a hearing instrument that suits your personal taste.


WHAT ABOUT THE QUALITY OF SOUND?

Sound quality is individualised; that is sound is perceived differently from person to person, depending on what you do, where you go, and how you meet during your normal week. In regards to the factor lifestyle discussed above, a general rule is the more active and demanding your lifestyle is the more sophisticated your hearing instruments need to be in order to help you keep up. For instance high quality devices reduce disturbing background noise, and allow you to focus on the sounds you need to hear allowing you to lead your life the way you to, and to meet your everyday demands.


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At Shire Hearing Centres we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional service. We are a family owned, independent business and have lived in the Shire for almost 50 years. We are committed to making sure that you get a great service so we choose the best from all the major hearing aid companies. With a great selection of products for you to choose from we are sure we can offer you the right solution for your hearing needs.

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