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How do I know which level of hearing aid technology is right for me?

By Dr. Emily J. Taylor on August 2, 2014 in Hearing Aids
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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. Let us help you find what makes the most sense for your unique listening goals!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. Let us help you find what makes the most sense for your unique listening needs!

Hearing aids come in different styles, colors, and levels of technology. Today we will discuss how to determine which level of technology makes the most sense for your lifestyle. When preparing for your hearing aid evaluation, you should first determine what your listening goals are. For example, is background noise your major concern? Do you have the most trouble with television? Think about your daily lifestyle. Most audiologists will ask you to walk them through a typical day in your life to get a better sense of the sound environments you face regularly. Think about the following situations and if they apply to your life.

  1. Do you work or volunteer?

  2. Do you attend meetings?

  3. Do you enjoy going to the movies, Broadway shows, the opera, etc. ?

  4. Do you often find yourself surrounded by a large crowd (friends, family, etc.)

  5. Do you eat out at restaurants often?

  6. How often are you spending time outdoors?

Knowing more about your lifestyle helps the audiologist recommend a hearing aid that will be right for you. So what is the main difference between the different levels of technology? In my opinion, the main difference is how the hearing aid handles background noise. Most hearing aids will sound the same in quiet but when you add in background noise, a higher level of technology will make all of the difference.

For a complete breakdown and explanation of the features for a premium, advanced, standard, and essential hearing aid please email the Taylor Listening Center and we will send you a free summary guide. Have additional questions about this topic? Send them our way! tlc@taylorlisteningcenter.com. The Taylor Listening Center is Baltimore’s premier audiology private practice!

Interested in coming in to discuss which hearing aid is right for you? Great! Fill out the simple form on the right hand side of the page to request a complimentary hearing aid evaluation or call us directly at 443-544-7555. We look forward to helping you communicate with confidence in our Baltimore office.

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