Which Hearing Aid Is Best?

Online purchasing is now becoming and one can probably argue has already become very much part of the normal retail method across a very wide range of products for a very large percentage of the population. Reasons for early resistance to online shopping included the perceived lack of interaction with sales staff and access to product information. Online chat services coupled with far easier access to comparative products and customer reviews have truly scotched this baseless fear. Indeed on a good, well supported website there is no doubt that it is easier to extract the correct information than trying to find an informed shop assistant on the shop floor of many a high street store. So if that is the case; firstly you may ask what is the most popular question raised through our streamlined access to information and secondly what is the answer?

The question is easy – “Which Hearing Aid Is Best?”

The answer is more complex. “Best” has to imply best for the individual consumer and that is where the problem arises. Individuals’ needs are as varied as the lifestyle that they lead and this is compound by the degree and nature of their loss. Faced with such variables then the argumentation must focus strongly on “best” having a high correlation with “flexible”. Unless a hearing aid has the ability to flex according to requirements it cannot be considered best and hence the top end of HearingDirect’s portfolio are fully programmable with multiple programmes, telecoils, interchangeable tubes and multiple dome sizes all combining to produce high satisfaction in fit and performance. Conversely, HearingDirect’s lower end of its hearing aid portfolio have limited flexibility with standard fit and standard programme to accommodate the classic high frequency hearing loss. If these lower end products work for you that’s great but there will be limitations for some consumers.

What about style or type? Is there are best format amongst the range of behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, body worn, bone anchored etc? No. The best format is once again the system that will work best for the individual. However having provided a black an white answer let me mix the pots together and provide a tinge of grey. If best format was to include reliability as one of its criteria then we can state that there should be a leaning away from in-the-ear products and an emphasis on behind-the-ear solutions. There is no doubt that some systems are more robust and more reliable so unless there are significant additional and over-riding factors one could have a reasonable case to argue that behind-the-ear products are best.

So let’s combine the two and produce our “best”. A multiple programme, programmable, behind the ear product would be our best hearing aid but and it is a big but the best hearing aid in the world is the one that works for you and gives back your world of communication. Getting that back is the best thing of all.

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Comments to Which Hearing Aid Is Best?

  1. Gravatar Clare Kewney
    30th November 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    We agree Stuart. It is vital that we look at the situation as a whole rather than just focussing on the technology or cosmetics for example. When we are discussing this we look at the individuals lifestyle, their previous history, their hearing abilities, their own personal requirements their families views and of course their budget. Once we have all of this information we can then make a sold recommendation as to what hearing instruments would best suit them. One of our main jobs is to get to know the individual build a relationship to ensure that we totally understand their hearing requirements and can, where possible fulfil them to the best of our abilities and with the technology on the market. Thanks Clare from justHEAR.