Hearing loss is widespread throughout the country. Approximately 20 percent of people in Lake Charles experience some degree of hearing impairment. Fortunately, the majority of them will benefit from hearing aids. Unfortunately, this means the majority of them will be faced with the difficult task of choosing a hearing aid. There are almost as many hearing aids as there are used cars in a typical lot!

Hearing Aid Factors to Consider

There may be roughly a bazillion hearing aids available but narrowing it down to a few hundred isn’t as difficult as it might seem.

Actually, you can do better than that. Finding your perfect hearing aid depends upon the following factors:

Your type and degree of hearing loss.

Just as no two snowflakes are identical, the same applies to hearing loss. Your Lake Charles audiologist will schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation to determine the severity and frequency of your impairment, a critical first step in finding a hearing aid that will meet your unique needs.

Your lifestyle.

Whether you’re a social butterfly who enjoys catching the latest movie or dining out with friends in fancy restaurants, or prefer quiet evenings at home in the intimate company of – well, yourself – there is a hearing aid designed for your lifestyle. No need paying for expensive features you don’t need and won’t use; conversely, an under-equipped hearing aid is likely to end up sitting in a drawer at home. It certainly won’t do you any good there!

Your cosmetic preferences.

Your hearing aids won’t make a bit of difference unless you wear them, so it’s important to choose a style you find appealing. If you’re shy about your hearing loss and wish to conceal your hearing aids, you’ll want discreet ones that are hidden from others. If you’re the type who doesn’t mind flaunting them, a more visible option might be right up your alley. The important thing is to find a pair that will give your self-confidence a boost.

Your budget.

It’s all about dollars and sense. Hearing aids aren’t the cheapest devices in the world, so pricing is undoubtedly a factor. But don’t let it be the only factor: the most important thing is selecting a pair that will address your hearing needs, so you’ll benefit from them.

We get it – that’s still a lot to take in. While these factors should help you narrow down your options, your Lake Charles audiologist is happy to help in the final decision-making process. We urge you to schedule an appointment for a consultation and to ask as many questions as possible before taking the plunge.