Hearing aids adapted to your lifestyle

April 23, 2015 by Charles Halluin

Appareils auditifs adaptés à la realité

Before choosing hearing aids, it is crucial to determine your life habits and needs. Of course, a young firefighter with hearing difficulties won’t have the same needs as a disabled senior. To make a wise choice, seek the help of an audioprosthetist.

You will find below three important things to consider before making your final choice.

Your needs

Severe hearing loss requires more powerful hearing aids than mild or moderate hearing loss. A person working in an environment involving water and whose hearing capacity is vital (e.g., our young firefighter) must prioritize waterproofness over looks. A patient wishing to use satellite accessories such as a remote control, a cellphone with a built-in Bluetooth transmitter, a TV, or a conference microphone will have to choose a different type of hearing aids.

Your expectations

If you want the best hearing aids on the market but have a limited budget, you will need to compromise. However, if you attend a lot of conventions and meetings for work, you will need advanced hearing aids that deliver higher performance than standard hearing aids—which would be perfect for a retired person.

Your budget

In general, the more advanced and high end something is, the more costly it will be, and hearing aids are no exception. Your audioprosthetist will give you advice to help you make the best investment. He or she has the technical knowledge, training, and experience, and is the hearing professional and person in the best position to guide you through the various models and brands available on the market.

The final choice

Of course, the final choice will be yours. One of my patients, a 100-year old lady, wanted the “cream of the crop”. Even if she could have chosen a cheaper model with fewer options, she said to me: “You know, Son, when you get to my age, you just want the very best!”

Conversely, some patients who are still working and should wear two mid-range or better hearing aids choose to purchase only one entry-level hearing aid, because they want to save up for a trip. In the end, the audioprosthetist’s role is not to judge people on their choices, but to offer them advice and help them make an informed decision that meets their needs, expectations, and budget.

If you need advice on how to choose the best hearing aids for your lifestyle, consult your audioprosthetist.