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How to Choose a Hearing Aid

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 01, 2014
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  • Hearing aid enable wearers to hear what they were unable to hear.
  • Get expert advice on which type of hearing aid will work for you.
  • Consider hearing aid device that suits your lifestyle.
  • Always ask for a trial period before you buy one.

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Age-related hearing loss is common; about half of those in the 65 to 75 age bracket and above experience some sort of hearing loss. However, there are other factors such as constant exposure to loud noises, genetic defect, blocked ear canal, sinus problems, allergies, viruses and infections that can contribute to hearing loss in anybody irrespective of the age.

 

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Hearing aids can't restore normal hearing or reverse deafness, but enable wearers to hear sounds they were unable to hear before. These devices amplify soft sounds and reduce loud background noise to aid hearing.

Choosing a hearing aid is critical so here’s what you need to know about choosing hearing aids and improve your quality of life.

 

Expert Advice

Now that you’ve thought of getting a hearing aid, you should get expert advice on which type of hearing aid will work for you. An expert will be able to discuss the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in.

 

Consider Hearing Aid Types

All hearing aids have same functionality but there is a great deal of variety in terms of size, special features and the way they're placed in your ear. There are smallest, least visible hearing aids and also the less expensive ones but with a bigger size. If you prefer to be discreet and looking for a hearing aid no one will notice, you can choose smaller devices. If have an active lifestyle and need a rugged hearing aid, you can also get one for the same lifestyle needs.

 

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Understand Feedback

Feedback is referred to as a whistling sound that comes out of the ear mold when it does not fit properly. This makes hearing difficult. If you are experiencing feedback often, you may need to try several types of hearing aids to figure out the one that works best for you.

 

Trial Period

Always ask for a trial period before you buy one. You may find the device uncomfortable or may feel that the device is not right for you. Trial period also gives you time to check the hearing aid in different environments. This way you can try getting other device that fits better and is more comfortable.

 

You will get comfortable with hearing aids with time. Wearing them regularly and taking good care of them is how you can get successful with hearing aids. In time, you will get comfortable with the hearing device and will see how your ability to hear and communicate has improved.

 

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Read more articles on Hearing Aid in Adults.

 

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  • Shiv Bhardwaj07 Oct 2014
    A well-written article about hearing aids. Here's all that you need to know to choose one.