Hearing loss is a widespread problem and affects not only the individuals suffering from hearing impairment but also their families and friends. Not being able to hear has an effect on simple daily actions such as watching TV, listening to the radio, hearing the phone ringing and having a normal conversation. Realising that the problem exists for someone around you is the first step to helping them help themselves. Hearing aids, similarly to glasses, need to fit the individual condition. Not all hearing aids work in the same way and are suitable for different types and degrees of hearing loss. While you can buy hearing aids for someone else, in order for the person who will wear them to benefit as much as possible you need to be aware of the exact hearing problem and the most appropriate hearing aid. Hearing aids are a wonderful present for those who need them. Nonetheless, they are not an accessory but electronic devices with a specific function. Before buying a hearing aid for someone else, first you might wish to consider certain issues:
- The wearer should have ideally undergone a medical examination conducted by an audiologist or ENT specialist to determine the exact hearing condition and treatment or hearing aid.
- You should be fully aware of the suitable hearing aid, the level and type of hearing loss so when buying the hearing aid to know that it is the right one.
- If the wearer has excessive earwax buildup or drainage you may refrain from buying an in the ear hearing aid as it could be easily damaged and choose a behind the ear hearing aid, where the electronic parts are away from the ear canal.
- If you buy a hearing aid for an elderly person, consider the size of the device. Very small devices are more difficult to manipulate, which may be frustrating for the wearer.
- Find out, if possible, the preferences about colour and design of the person who will use the hearing aid so they will be happy with the look once they put it on.