You and your hearing instrument specialist should select a hearing aid that best suits your needs and
lifestyle. The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the kind and severity of your hearing
loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended
because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing in both ears also will help you
understand speech and locate where the sound is coming from. Price is also a key consideration
because hearing aids range from hundreds to several thousand dollars. Similar to other equipment
purchases, style and features affect cost. However, don’t use price alone to determine the best hearing
aid for you.
A hearing aid will not restore your normal hearing. With practice, however, a hearing aid will increase
your awareness of sounds and their sources. You will want to wear your hearing aid regularly, so
select one that is convenient and easy for you to use. Other features to consider include parts or
services covered by the warranty, estimated schedule and costs for maintenance and repair, and the
hearing aid company’s reputation for quality and customer service.