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Helping you find the right hearing solution starts with a comprehensive hearing test and ear examination. Your hearing care professional can give you advice in order to find the optimal solution for you. The physical factors that can affect the choice of hearing aid are described here.
Your hearing loss
This is an important factor. If you have a mild hearing loss, you can wear smaller hearing aid styles, but if it is more severe, you will need more powerful hearing aids with larger batteries.
Your ear anatomy
Modern hearing aids can fit most kinds of ear anatomy. The only restriction to wearing certain types of hearing aids will be the size and shape of your ear canal. Your hearing care professional can tell you more about this.
Other ear-related factors
Another influencing factor is earwax. Earwax is normal, but too much of this would demand a more wax-proof model that is easier to clean. Similarly, if you live somewhere humid, or do a lot of physical activity, you would need a more moisture-repellent style.
One or two hearing aids?
Even if you hear slightly better in one ear than the other, it is best to wear two hearing aids. You need two ears in order to be able to understand speech in noisy environments – and to keep track of what is happening all around you. Take crossing a road, for instance. If a car is approaching from the left, the sound will reach your left ear first, and with more intensity, so you will immediately know which way to turn. This can make all the difference in potentially hazardous situations. Today’s most sophisticated hearing aids are purpose built to support hearing from both sides. By communicating wirelessly and comparing information, they help to fill in any gaps in your sound picture – including ones you did not even know you were missing!
Did you know that if you have a hearing loss on both sides, but decide only to treat the ear that needs it the most, the ear that is deprived of stimulation will get even lazier! This condition is known as “auditory deprivation”. If you treat both ears your friends will be relieved because they will no longer have to address you only from your good side!