All too often, people put the cart before the horse when they realize they need a hearing solution, and quickly purchase hearing aids at the same appointment where they learn the extent of their hearing loss.
While we can’t control the fact that we have hearing loss, there are many things that are within our control when determining what solution might be the best fit for us. Below are a few things to think about when weighing your options.
Take a moment to think about your lifestyle, particularly the activities you participate in most frequently. How does your day start? Do you wake up to an alarm and the news? Do you work out daily? Are you part of a fitness class? Is it important for you to wake up hearing or hear while you are working out or being active? Does your hearing affect your job? If so, in what ways? How does your day end? Do you chat with your spouse before falling asleep? Do you listen to the news or the rain? Have you ever lost a hearing aid?
If you are using hearing aids currently, are you satisfied with how a hearing aid feels in your ear? Do you look forward to taking your hearing aids out at night? Do you sometimes hear feedback or whistling? Does the sound quality sound natural to you? If you don’t currently use hearing aids, have your tried wearing one to see how it feels? Is the cleaning and maintenance of a hearing aid a big issue for you? How much maintenance is acceptable to you? Do you have dexterity issues or vision issues that make changing batteries and caring for the hearing aid challenging?
Are you self-conscious about a visible hearing solution? Does it bother you now, or would it bother you, if other people knew you had hearing loss or saw that you were wearing a hearing aid? Do you currently, or would you decline social events that would require you to wear a hearing aid?
At what points does safety concern you, as it relates to your ability to hear? Do you worry about being able to hear at night? Do you live alone? Do you have people that depend on you and your ability to hear all of the time, whether it might be your children or grandchildren, your spouse or a pet? Is it important for you to hear a phone ring at night? If you live alone, are you able to hear your security system or smoke detector without hearing aids in?
Hearing affects every part of our lives, and choosing a hearing solution should involve careful consideration as it relates to our lives as a whole. Many people successfully treat hearing loss with hearing aids, but it’s important to remember that alternative options are available. If you are comparing different hearing options and have questions, please feel free to let us know, and we’ll help you understand how the Esteem compares.
If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.