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Choosing which hearing aid is the right model for you depends on a few different things. This three-step guide will help you find the best hearing aid for you.

Choosing a hearing aid and having it fitted to suit your hearing needs can have a big impact on your quality of life. When choosing which hearing aid’s right for you, we recommend that you get advice from one of our professional hearing care experts.

Step 1. Compare available hearing aid styles

When it comes to hearing aids, knowing where to start can feel daunting. There are so many styles and features, it all seems a bit overwhelming.

To help get you started, we’ve put together the handy overview below.

It’ll help you understand the differences between each type of hearing aid. It shows what each kind of hearing aid looks like plus the features each type includes.

Once you’ve got to grips with this guide, you can move on to Step 2: what to consider when choosing hearing aids

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The above hearing aids represent different types of Oticon Opn ™ models.

Step 2. 6 factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid

There are six main factors you’ll probably need to think about when choosing a hearing aid that’s going to be right to you. You can either scroll through or click on one of the entries below to skip ahead:


Your hearing loss severity will affect the types of hearing aids you can choose from.

That’s why it’s important to get your hearing tested and know your level of hearing loss, so you can understand which hearing aids will be best suited to you.

The 5 categories of hearing loss are:

  • Normal hearing (≤25 dB)

  • Mild hearing loss (26-40 dB): You may find quiet and soft conversations – or situations with only some background noise – more difficult to understand.

  • Moderate hearing loss (41-60 dB): You need higher volume levels for radio and TV, and conversations accompanied by background noise become difficult to understand.

  • Severe hearing loss (61-80 dB): You have difficulties with speech and group conversations in both quiet and noisy environments. Comprehension is impossible without amplification.

  • Profound hearing loss (greater than ≥80 dB): It’s difficult or impossible for you to hear and understand amplified devices or speech in all environments.

So what hearing aids are available for each level of hearing loss?

Mild to moderate hearing loss:
You can choose any type of hearing aid (all the types represented in Step 1).

Severe hearing loss:
You can choose between selected types of hearing aids, such as “full-shell in-the-ear”, “miniRITE”, or “plus power behind-the-ear”.

Profound hearing loss
The “plus power behind-the-ear” hearing aid will probably be the right solution for you. For very profound hearing loss, cochlear implants might be an option for those who are interested in a more permanent solution (as surgery is required.)¹

conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: Knowing your level of hearing loss is the first step to understanding what hearing aid is best for you. No matter your level of hearing loss, there are options available to suit your specific needs.

Do you know the level of your hearing loss?

To get an idea of your level of hearing loss, we suggest you book a free hearing test at your local hearing clinic. The consultation takes about an hour. After going through your results together, we’ll discuss your options so that we can tailor a solution specific to you.

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Today’s advanced technology provides a more natural, 360-degree sound experience. But it also gives you higher sound clarity with less effort.

Tinnitus support settings are available, and today’s modern hearing aids can also reduce feedback (or the “whistling sound” that some users can experience).

Plus it’s possible to stream your smart devices and TV directly into modern hearing aids.

  • 360-degree sound experience

    Some modern hearing aids (such as the Oticon Opn S) have the technology to provide you with a “360-degree sound experience”. This means you can focus mostly on the sounds directly around you or in front of you.

    You get more sound clarity with less effort, and this technology makes it easier for you to better understand speech, whatever the setting.

     

    Learn more about what the Oticon technology can do for you:
    Oticon More™

  • BrainHearing™

    We hear through our brains; our ears are merely responsible for picking up the soundwaves. It’s this fact that BrainHearing™ technology is based on.
    BrainHearing™ by Oticon supports the brain’s natural process of making sense of sound by allowing the brain to hear in the most natural way possible. 
    And this in turn reduces fatigue. 
    BrainHearing™ technology gives you:

    • open access to all speakers
    • background noise reduction
    • speech clarity
    • sound localisation for improving focus
    • personalised programming settings. 
  • Feedback reduction

    Feedback (often experienced as a whistling sound) can happen when acoustic signals escape the ear canal and then hit the microphone on the hearing aid. But feedback in modern hearing aids is much less common since new technology actively prevents it.

  • Tinnitus support

    Many of those with hearing loss also experience symptoms of tinnitus. Recent technology allows you to listen to relief sounds through your hearing aids which help to soothe and decrease the annoyance of tinnitus.

    Oticon offers a specific program called Tinnitus SoundSupport™. You can also choose to simply stream your favourite sounds from your smartphone into your hearing aids as a way to relieve tinnitus symptoms.

     

    Learn how to get relief from tinnitus:
    Tinnitus

  • Device connectivity

    You can connect your hearing aids to mobile phones or tablets. This means phone conversations, music, or video audio can be heard directly through the hearing aids, so you can experience clear, high-quality sounds.

    You can also connect your hearing aids to your TV and adjust the volume so that it can be as loud (or as quiet) as you want; meanwhile, your family members can enjoy the TV at the volume they want!

  • Rechargeable batteries

    Some modern hearing aids use rechargeable batteries. Three hours of charge will provide a full day’s power (including enough for wireless connections and streaming).

    Rechargeable batteries are economical in the long term and typically only need to be replaced every 3–5 years.

     

    Learn more about hearing aids with rechargeable batteries:
    Rechargeable hearing aids

conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: The different technologies that modern hearing aids can offer will help you to experience the best possible hearing.

Knowing what technology is available can help you to choose the best hearing aids for your lifestyle.

Would you like to try a modern hearing aid in clinic?

Book an appointment at your nearest clinic and you can try out the latest technology.

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When you’re looking for the best hearing aids for you, consider how comfortable they are. After all, you’re going to be the one wearing them, so this is a highly personal choice.

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Behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE)
What characterises behind-the-ear hearing aids?

  • The main body of the hearing aids is placed behind the ear
  • A clear tube or wire connects the aid to an earmould or dome placed inside the ear canal
  • The earmould can be made of different materials
  • Most people find behind-the-ear styles to be more comfortable than in-the-ear styles

Behind-the-ear hearing aids

In-the-ear hearing aids (ITE)
What characterises in-the-ear hearing aids?

  • Custom-made to fit the shape of your ear canal
  • Made of a hard material that sits inside the ear canal
  • The size and shape of your ear canal determines if it’s possible for you to have in-the-ear hearing aids

In-the-ear hearing aids

conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: Behind-the-ear hearing aids are typically known for being the most comfortable, while in-the-ear hearing aids have the benefit of being slightly more discreet.

Our hearing care experts can increase your comfort

Comfort is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting hearing aids. Wearing hearing aids should never be uncomfortable.

Our hearing care experts are trained to help you find the most comfortable hearing aids for you. We’ll make sure you find the best hearing aids for your needs.

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The styles in Step 1 are available in multiple price ranges, so you’re bound to find one that meets your budget.

The price of your hearing aid can depend on what benefits you are hoping to get out of it. These benefits can include things like automatic volume adjustment and wireless connectivity. 

Depending on your needs, these additional benefits can have a noticeable impact on your overall experience. Below are some of the benefits provided by hearing aids today.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids have higher tech capabilities. Due to their larger size, behind-the-ear hearing aids provide the widest selection of potential technological upgrades. However, the larger in-the-ear styles such as half-shell-in-the-ear and full-shell-in-the-ear styles have the capacity for larger batteries and high technological capabilities too.

Benefits available with today’s hearing aids:
  • Wireless connectivity to smart devices
  • 360-degree sound (allowing a more “natural” hearing experience)
  • BrainHearing™ technology by Oticon (allows your brain to do less work to process the sound)
  • Automatic adjustment for different sound settings
  • Rechargeable battery option
  • Telecoil option provides sound access in theatres and churches

Modern hearing aids (like the Oticon Opn S) have the technology to give you a “360-degree sound experience”, allowing you to understand speech in noisy environments and focus mostly on the sounds directly around you or in front of you.

conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: The more sophisticated the features, the higher the price of the hearing aids. It’s up to you what you want to get out of your hearing aids. These features can include (but are not limited to):

  • automatic volume adjustment
  • wireless connection to smart devices
  • a 360-degree, natural sound experience.

When it comes to appearance, some things to consider are:

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Size
Is long battery life or discreetness the most important thing to you?

Larger hearing aids (behind-the-ear or full-shell-in-the-ear hearing aids) could be the best hearing aid for you if you are looking for larger batteries with high-tech capabilities and a longer battery life. 

Small, in-the-ear hearing aids, on the other hand, could be for you if you are suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss and are most interested in discreet, nearly invisible hearing aids.

Colour
Hearing aids are available in different colours. You can find one that blends in well with your skin tone or hair colour. Or just choose a colour that appeals to you!

Ear canal shape determines hearing aid size
The shape of your ear canal can affect the best hearing aid for you. Since in-the-ear hearing aids are placed in the ear canal, a mould of your ear canal is taken, and the hearing aids are personalised to your unique ear canal shape.

Invisible-in-the-canal and in-the-canal hearing aids are the smallest and most invisible hearing aids and are suitable for most ear canals (you can see them in the graphic from Step 1). If you’re interested in an in-the-ear hearing aid style, your hearing care expert will make a mould of your ear canal and determine which hearing aid style makes the most sense for you.

conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: Both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles come in various sizes and colours. When it comes to in-the-ear styles, the shape of your ear canal can influence whether this particular style would be the best hearing aid for you (since this style must sit properly inside the ear).

Do you want to see what styles of hearing aids are available to you?

Book an appointment or visit one of our clinics to see the different hearing aids that are available.

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You might enjoy spending your time at home or out of the house at restaurants or social events. The best hearing aid for you will be one that matches your level of social engagement. The more active you are socially, the more “advanced features” you may want to look out for.

For the highly socially engaged:
If you travel frequently, attend live entertainment, regularly give presentations, or attend social events, the best solution for you will be one that can automatically adjust to the sound environment. Modern hearing aids can be programmed to adjust the volume based on your surroundings. 

Those who have a high level of social engagement will want to consider:

  • Automatic sound adjustments
  • 360-degree sound
  • BrainHearing technology™ by Oticon
  • Wireless connectivity
  • TV connectivity.

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A high number of social activities means you’ll change sound environments more frequently. 

Getting hearing aids with an automatic adjustment feature would be ideal. Wireless connectivity will also allow you to connect your hearing aids directly to your phone or tablet while on the go. You can look back at Step 1 to get an overview of which features are available in each hearing aid type.

For the moderately socially engaged:
If you occasionally participate in social events, meetings, and/or outdoor physical activities, the best hearing aid for you will be one with certain advanced features (such as automatic adjustment and 360-degree sound).

If you have a moderate social life, you might want to think about: 

  • Automatic sound adjustments
  • Wireless connectivity
  • TV connectivity.
 
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For the lightly socially engaged:

If your everyday social activities take place in a relatively quiet environment (or if you attend relatively few social activities), you might not need some of the high-tech features that hearing aids can offer (such as automatic sound adjustment).

If your social life is slightly quieter, you might want to consider:   

  • Basic hearing aid offerings
  • TV connectivity.
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conclusion-icon_100x100px-(1)Conclusion: If you’re highly socially engaged, you should consider hearing aids with more advanced technological features. If you engage in fewer social activities, you might not need as much technology when you choose a hearing aid.

Learn more about the different types of hearing aids

Here you can find in-depth overview of the different types of hearing aids:

Types of hearing aids

Step 3. Try hearing aids for free at a hearing clinic  

So far we’ve looked at the different types of hearing aids and different factors to consider when choosing between them.

Your next steps are to:

  1. Book a hearing test at a hearing clinic

  2. Discuss your preferences and any questions you might have with your hearing care expert

  3. Try a hearing aid for free – with the opportunity of testing another model if the first does not suit your needs

  4. Take the hearing aids home and wear them as a part of your everyday routine to determine if they are the right hearing aids for you.


Make an appointment with a certified hearing care expert, who can help you understand how you get the:

  • Best sound quality 

  • Best value for your money.

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Tips from a hearing care expert

It’s important to test out your hearing aids in various listening situations, such as:

  • Attending a dinner party

  • Watching TV

  • Listening to music 

  • Attending a work meeting with five or more people

  • Interacting with children 

  • Engaging in outdoor activities

  • Having a conversation with a high level of background noise.

Book an appointment for your free hearing test

You can try our new cutting-edge hearing aids that have the latest technology at your nearest clinic.

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