So you've decided that you need a hearing aid. But which one? Obviously, the first thing to do is talk to an audiologist. They will assess the nature of your hearing loss, its cause, and its severity. Here are some issues you might wish to discuss with them.
If you have severe hearing loss, you may need a larger hearing aid.
Small hearing aids are easily damaged by earwax or draining ear fluid, so may not be the best choice for you if you are prone to excessive build-up of earwax, or to ear infections.
If you want to be able to reduce some types of background noise and boost certain sound
frequencies some smaller hearing aids may not be suitable.
If you use electronic devices like a mobile phone, mp3 player, or laptop that are capable of sending a wireless signal, then you may want a hearing aid that is wireless compatible.
If cosmetic appearance is important, let your audiologist know. They can help narrow the choices to what will best suit both your hearing needs and aesthetics.
Consider your dexterity. If you have arthritis, you may find it difficult to insert and remove smaller hearing aids. Larger ones are easier to handle.
Although some hearing aids are available on the NHS, top of the range hearing aids can be very expensive. Most private health care plans don't cover them either, so your budget may be a factor in your decision.
Did you know that the frog has an eardrum on the outside of its body behind the eye?