New models of hearing aids are released every year, so the prices and features of these devices are constantly changing. It’s not until you have them on in your ear and programmed to work for your specific needs that you can actually compare between devices and understand which one will work the best for you. If you are in the market for new hearing aids, here’s how you can compare devices to discover which one you prefer the most.
Listen to How Your Voice Sounds
When you try on a hearing aid, your voice will at first sound a lot louder than you’d expect it to. There’s almost always an adjustment period for new hearing aids, so you have to be prepared for this. But, you can use this to your benefit. We recommend speaking the same sentence or paragraph aloud each time you try on a new hearing aid. This way, you’ll know the difference in your own voice.
Use the Hearing Aid in Different Environments and Program Settings
Most hearing aids have built-in programs for listening in noise and listening in quiet. Find out how to switch between these programs for each hearing aid you try on. You can assess the quality of the hearing aid in a quiet setting by talking to the audiologist. For listening in a noisy setting, try wearing it in the waiting room or step out for a moment.
Try It with A Phone
If you use a smartphone, try using it when you are trying on hearing aids. You don’t really have to call anyone – you can simply call your voicemail. This will help you determine how to position the smartphone to hear better.
Try Charging the Battery
If your hearing aid device does not come with rechargeable batteries, you’ll have to use disposable batteries. A larger hearing aid device can typically accommodate a much bigger battery, so it will have to be changed far less often. Make sure to ask the audiologist to show you change or charge the battery and how often you’ll need to do it, so you can make an informed choice.