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What Questions Should You Ask About Hearing Aids?

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If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, then you need to start searching for the right kind of hearing aid as soon as possible. This is important to protect the hearing that you have left, and to try and boost some of what you have lost. To choose the right hearing aid, you need to know all the facts which means that you need to ask the right questions. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the questions that you should ask about hearing aids.

What hearing aid is right for me?

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and can be equipped with numerous different features. Your hearing care provider will help you find the style that’s right for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget needs. They may recommend one of the following popular styles: 

  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the canal (ITC)

How long will the hearing aid typically last?

How long your hearing aid will last is going to depend on several factors. One of these is what style you go for as some tend to have longer life expectancies than others. Another variable that will impact how long they last is how well you look after them. If you are cleaning them regularly and ensuring that they are well taken care of, they are going to last longer than if you just throw them on the bathroom counter every time you take them out. Typically, you are looking at somewhere between three and seven years for the lifespan of your hearing aids. 

What happens if my hearing changes?

If your hearing changes over time you will notice as your hearing aids are not going to be providing you the same level of support that they previously were. Once this happens, you need to go back to your hearing health professional, and they can administer another hearing test to see if your hearing has gone down further. If it has, then they can recommend what the next steps are. You could need to invest in a new pair of hearing aids, or you could just need to adjust the ones that you have currently, it all depends on how bad your hearing loss has gotten.

Will my lifestyle impact my choice?

Yes, your lifestyle is going to have a huge impact on your choice of hearing aid. Each hearing aid style has different benefits and you are going to need to judge which one suits your needs best based on this. For example, if you are someone who socializes a lot, then you are going to need a hearing aid that allows you to hear all around you. But, if you don’t do much and you talk to people more on a one-to-one basis, then you only need a hearing aid to accommodate this need.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now know what questions you should ask about hearing aids. For more info, give Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center a call at one of our offices!

  • Summerville: (843) 285-6716
  • Charleston: (843) 823-6816

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