As the most trusted audiologists in Southern Louisiana, our patients often ask, “What hearing aids are the best for me?”
Your hearing needs are so unique to you that we cannot give a simple answer.
It’s like asking an optician “What are the best glasses?” This decision is based on your personal circumstances and an outcome of an eye exam – these things cannot be picked off the shelf at random.
This article is designed to help you understand your options when it comes to hearing healthcare.
I’ll walk you through the different manufacturers available, as well as our top choices as trusted hearing care professionals, and the key factors to consider when choosing hearing aids.
Which Hearing Aid Manufacturer Is Perfect For You?
Looking back at my earlier comparison with opticians – imagine asking if you need single-vision, bifocal, or varifocal lenses.
The decision is based solely on your individual needs.
The thousands of patients we have helped throughout Louisiana trust our decision when it comes to choosing the right product from a well-respected manufacturer. The main manufacturers we partner with to help our patients experience better hearing are Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Unitron, and Signia.
These manufacturers are always one step ahead of the game when it comes to advanced hearing technology and are up there as the most reputable brands.
I really like ReSound for their battery life, their Smart App, and their connectivity with iPhones. I prefer Phonak and Unitron for connectivity with android and flip phones. Starkey makes great custom products with very good feedback suppression.
Currently, the devices that impress me the most include the ReSound ONE and Unitron Blu. But with new technology constantly emerging, we stay at the forefront of change to ensure we can deliver the best outcome for you.
Your Lifestyle, Style, And Budget Can Impact Your Decision
This is the most important aspect to consider when purchasing hearing aids – whether a friend or colleague has a particular hearing aid that works great for them, you must consider the differences in your lifestyle that impact your decision.
For example, if you work from home and are taking the odd phone call every now and then, you will require a much different treatment than someone who is working in a warehouse or factory all day.
To summarize, here’s a few things you’ll need to consider:
- DESIGN – the discreetness and style come top of the list for most. Certain styles are also only suitable for different levels of hearing loss which would have to be considered.
- BATTERY – some people prefer the convenience of rechargeable batteries, whereas others may prefer changeable batteries for long trips outdoors or away from power such as camping trips.
- BUDGET – most people must take budgets into consideration. Payment plans and insurance benefits usually give those that have financial concerns more flexibility.
How To Choose Which Hearing Aids Are Right For You?
The decision shouldn’t be taken lightly or rushed – after all, hearing aids are an investment into your quality of life, so making the right decision saves time, money, and gets you on your way to healthy hearing in no time.
That’s why, by choosing the right hearing healthcare provider to support you with your journey, you can have a solution tailored to you. Our ongoing audiological care means you will also have support way after purchasing your devices, should you need adjustments, cleaning, repairs, or a change in your treatment plan.
If you are based in Southern Louisiana or its surrounding areas and are looking for a trusted team of audiologists that can help you to choose the right next step for you, then we would love to help.
A comprehensive hearing assessment will determine the level (if any) of hearing loss you have so that we can make an informed decision of your best next steps.
If you simply have a question or concern for our team, we will be happy to answer.