Hearing aids are one of the most prescribed and most effective treatments for hearing loss, and today’s hearing aids have much to offer in terms of styles, technology and customized features – so much so that it can quickly become overwhelming. If you’re struggling to know where to start or what’s most important in the process of choosing hearing aids, here are four tips to help you select the hearing aids that are right for you.

1. Two heads – and sets of ears – are better than one

 As an adult, you’re perfectly capable of choosing your own hearing aids; but, when it comes to making such an important, life-affecting decision, it’s not always best to go it alone. Not only will a friend or family member provide valuable objective input, but they’ll also provide another set of ears to catch things you might miss.

2. Source is important

Today’s online marketplace makes selecting and purchasing items easier than ever, sight-unseen. Although this is an advantage for many things like electronics, it’s not the best approach for selecting your hearing aids. Carefully consider the source you’re ordering from. Is it an online vendor who’s trying to sell you a product, or is it a knowledgeable audiologist who will be able to offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice?

3. Know your priorities

Having numerous choices is great, but it also means there will be more less-than-ideal choices for your hearing needs. Without keeping sight of your priorities, you could easily choose hearing aids out of confusion or distraction and end up being disappointed or out the expense it you can’t return them. Picture where and when your hearing aids will be most utilized and discuss these environments and needs with an audiologist who can guide you to the right decision.

4. Base your decision on the results of a full hearing evaluation

Ordering hearing aids online or based on the results of a simple screening may meet your basic hearing needs, but won’t provide the type of comprehensive hearing assistance you’ll get from a hearing aid that’s custom-programmed based on the diagnostic results of a full hearing evaluation. There are numerous aspects to hearing that only an audiologist is trained to detect and treat, so don’t shortchange your hearing solution by settling for anything less.

Hearing aids represent a long-term investment in your hearing health, so use these tips to focus on your priorities and put careful thought into selecting a hearing aid that’s right for you.