One of the more commonly asked questions that we receive is, “What’s the best hearing aid on the market?” As consumers are always looking for the “best” of each product, why should hearing aids be any different? However, for hearing aids, there are many “best hearing aids” on the market and the best hearing aids are hearing aids that are chosen and fit accurately based on the individual. When your unique hearing loss, specific listening needs, hearing goals and budget are considered, that is when you find the best hearing aids for you.
Determining the best hearing aids for you begins with our 4-step consultation process (The Interview, The Examination, The Diagnostic Process, and The Treatment Solutions). Through our evaluation we will be able to help you determine what hearing aids (brands, style and features) are best for you, your individual needs and your budget. There are usually several options available for each person to select from.
There are different levels of technology in hearing aids and with those different levels come different features and options. It can often be overwhelming to know which features and options to choose. Purchasing hearing aids is very similar to making other consumer purchases. You must look at your needs and what you desire from the product. Let’s use the analogy of purchasing a new car. When purchasing a new car, the basic 2-door sedan may get you from hear to there just fine; however, if you need to transport an large family around, the basic 2-door sedan may not work as well as a minivan with extra seating, auto opening doors and a DVD player to entertain the children. It’s not necessarily that the minivan is “better” than the basic sedan – it simply serves different needs and purpose.
The analogy is very similar to hearing aids. With each level of technology, there are different features and options that are included to serve different listening needs and purpose. The best hearing aids for you are hearing aids that will serve your unique hearing loss and listening needs. Thus when selecting hearing aids with your audiologist, it is very important to be very specific with your listening needs, listening environments you want to improve and your hearing aid goals.