Hearing aids are available in a variety of styles and sizes. When choosing style, it is important to remember that not every style is appropriate for everyone. Your audiologist will discuss the different styles and help you decide which style is best for you. There are several factors that should be considered before choosing a style. These factors include:
- Degree and configuration of hearing loss
- Size and shape of the ear
- Cosmetic preference
- Dexterity and ability to manipulate the hearing aid and batteries
- Available features (i.e. directional microphones, telecoil)
Also, there are some hearing losses that would not perform well with traditional hearing aids. Some patients may have normal hearing or an aidable hearing loss in one ear, but the other ear has no measurable hearing or speech understanding is very poor. Other patients may have a history of chronic ear problems and may benefit more from other devices instead of traditional hearing aids. Specialty devices are available and may be more appropriate for these patients.