The first factor is whether your hearing problem is mild to severe. What comes next? What do you want your personal hearing aid to be able to do – and what should it look like?
What should my hearing aid look like?
While some prefer to show off their new hearing device, others prefer that it doesn’t attract too much attention. You can choose your style, colour and size (depending on your specific hearing loss).
Do I often go out or stay in?
Lifestyles are so different, and that’s why hearing aids are too. If you prefer to go out, you’ll be exposed to a lot of background noise, which is often where people have most problems following conversation. You must get a hearing aid that reduces background noise and enhances speech. Maybe that’s not so important if you’re more prone to staying in, quietly reading a book or having a conversation over tea with a friend.
Do I want to stream music or TV directly to my hearing aid?
If you’re a smartphone user, you’ll enjoy Bluetooth hearing aids. Many hearing aids today offer Bluetooth 2.4GHz connectivity.
Do I want to use my smartphone to manage my hearing aid?
Hearing aids today can do so much more than simply amplify sound. In fact, you can get apps for your smartphone that will help you personalize your listening experience through Artificial Intelligence.
Do I find it hard to hear soft sounds?
Loud sounds are not usually hard for any of us to hear, but the softer sounds like birds chirping, the rustling of a newspaper or maybe even the soft voices, you should find a hearing aid with good capacity for those soft, ambient sounds.
What is my work environment like?
There’s a big difference between working at a construction site or in a theatre or an office. That said, your office could be a noisy one! Do you need a hearing aid that reduces unwanted background noise substantially? Do you need one that captures soft sounds or that captures acoustics at big venues?
Where do I most often need to hear best?
Some hearing aids will offer features that are great for sports; others may be better for concerts. And some hearing aids can almost do it all!
Now, how do I get started…?
Start by taking a quick and free online test here: www.shoeboxonline.com/widex-global. If you do have reduced hearing, a hearing care professional can help answer your questions and find the best solution for you.