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The following questions are designed to help you identify your requirements, so you can communicate them clearly to your hearing care professional.
How would you describe your lifestyle?
Do you consider yourself the “stay-at-home” type who enjoys reading, watching TV and gardening? Or are you outgoing with an active social life and lots of hobbies? If you are the active type, you should consider advanced or premium hearing aids. These can adapt to the widest variety of listening situations –including noisy ones. And being fully automatic, they do not require constant adjustment; all you will have to do is to listen!
Did you know that the sound from your TV, landline or mobile phone, music player or computer can be sent wirelessly, straight into both hearing aids? This turns them into the world’s smallest hands-free headset – so you can listen without disturbing others!
What are your communication needs?
Ask yourself exactly where you would like to be able to hear much better. For instance, what happens when you are socialising with family and friends? What challenges are involved in eating out or going to the theatre, etc? It is a good to idea to involve family, as their observations can be valuable.
What else would you like to connect to?
Better hearing does not only include face to face situations; sound comes from other audio sources too – such as phones, TVs and stereos. If you would like to be able to watch the news or listen to Mozart without bringing the roof down, you might consider hearing aids that offer wireless connectivity.
What about looks?
Design is not just about functionality; it is also about aesthetics. After all, if you do not like the cut of a particular suit, you are unlikely to want to wear it. It is the same when selecting hearing aids. You can be trendy and stylish – or totally discreet. Or both! With so many styles and colours to choose from, it is easy to find one that suits your personal tastes.
What about ease of use?
Where usability is concerned, do you want to be able to control the volume and settings of your hearing aids yourself, or would you prefer automatic, “hands-free” operation?
What about sound quality?
Sound quality is perceived very differently from person to person, depending on what you do, where you go and who you meet during a normal week. How active would you say your lifestyle is? As a rule, the more demanding it is, the more sophisticated your hearing aids need to be in order to help you keep up.
Have you been here?
Imagine dining in a busy restaurant with friends. In the background there are dishes clanging, chairs scraping, people talking and laughing, and waiters rushing about. You are straining to follow what is happening at your table – but the eff ort is wearing you out. Eventually you start pretending you can hear. You nod, look interested and laugh with the crowd. But you did not get the jokes and you feel like an outsider. You leave the place with a throbbing headache, disappointed with no plans to repeat the experience anytime soon.
High quality hearing devices would reduce disturbing background noise, so you could focus more easily on your friends. Perhaps for the fi rst time in years, you would be able to relax, be yourself – and be genuinely part of the group!
Did you know that Oticon’s wireless hearing aids actually
communicate with each other? By preserving the unique
characteristics of the sounds that each ear is picking up, they
give you a much better idea of where you are in relation to people and objects in your environment.
The people at Oticon call this benefi t “spatial awareness”, but those who experience it call it “natural hearing”.