When you are faced with the task of figuring out what hearing aid to buy, the first stop in getting some orientation to what everybody in the hearing aid world is talking about is your ear doctor, otherwise known as your “audiologist”. This medical professional will be the first person to tell you that you need a hearing aid and he or she can point you in the right direction as to what kind of hearing aid to look into and what you must have and what is optional in your final choice. Now, the audiologist probably won’t just tell you what to get because you may want to spend your money on the latest fashion hearing aid that just hit the market. But the doctor can tell you what you must have so you have the basic training needed to start shopping.
The second level of education that will go a long way to making you an educated consumer when shopping for a hearing aid is one you already discovered. It is the internet and we know you already discovered it because you are reading this article that you found on this website. This is an overview article but you can find as much depth of explanation about hearing aid technology on the internet as you can stand. Don’t be concerned if you suddenly get quite fascinated by this area of medical and technical research and development. It is fascinating and the more you know, the more comfortable you will be with this next step in your life.
The internet can help you at least learn the terms and the categories of hearing aid design. You can learn the differences between analog and digital hearing aids and get an understanding of the terminology of the controls and the different designs of hearing aids and how those designs affect how your hearing aid will be worn when you are using it every day. The value of getting a crash course in terminology is that when you start looking for your hearing aid if you can converse intelligently with the sales people, that puts you in the driver’s seat about what you finally buy and that is exactly where you want to be.
You are already off and running on learning more about this fascinating topic. If getting a hearing aid is in your immediate future, you are motivated to learn more and more. Go with that instinct because taking the mystery out of hearing aids will help you accept this medical wonder as part of your everyday life where it can do you so much good.