A recurring question that we often get is, “What hearing aids are the best?”
Although we’re expected to answer this simple question – as the most trusted audiologists in the Greater Phoenix Area– it’s not that simple.
It’s like asking a golfer “What is the best golf course?” There are many personal circumstances that determine what is the right decision based on many factors.
Throughout this article, I’m going to help you to better understand your options.
Knowing the key questions to ask when deciding on what type of hearing aids and the next steps that you should take is key information when making this decision.
Which Manufacturer Is Best?
To jump back to my golf analogy – it’s a little like asking whether you would rather play Augusta or Pebble Beach. They both are dream destinations that are favored by different people. Hearing aid manufacturers are the same.
We Work With The Manufacturer That Is Best For You
We take pride in the fact that we work with all manufacturers, as there are so many people with different types of hearing aids that deserve to have the very best service.
We believe that variety is important and that no one hearing plan and no one manufacturer works for each patient. Our patients deserve to have either their current hearing aids serviced by us, or they can get new technology and we will discuss which manufacturer would work best and why. We focus on educating our patients on the reason why we pick the right technology for them.
They all have their differences, and the decision of what we choose for a patient often depends on their unique circumstances and lifestyle to determine what will deliver them the greatest positive change.
And with new technology constantly emerging, this approach keeps us at the forefront of change to ensure we can deliver the best outcome for you and all our patients.
How Do Your Lifestyle Choices Impact The Decision?
We need to completely understand the issues a patient is having. Doing a complete case history allows us to understand where the patient is struggling and what help they need with either their hearing, clarity of speech, balance, tinnitus, or even dealing with their memory loss.
The decision of recommending technology is not something that we do lightly, as it is an investment to help to prevent further reduction in their hearing and most importantly preserving the brain and the way that it processes what we hear.
Up to 40% of the reason we lose our memory is from our hearing loss. It’s a domino effect and it starts with hearing loss. As it gets worse, it robs us of our clarity of speech and then we start having issues with lack of focus and concentration.
Eventually, it causes issues with multi-tasking, brain fatigue, and brain fog.
The testing we provide is very important to help people realize that hearing loss is the least of the concerns that we have; rather it is the negative effects on the brain and even changes in people’s disposition that is the graver concern.
Which Hearing Aids Are Right For You And How To Choose?
By reading this article, it should be clear that there is no “one-size-fits-all” device that is right for everyone. There are many factors that go into making the right decision.
Similarly, the decision should not be rushed.
It’s important to focus on the needs of the patient and the issues the patient is having with understanding words and processing speech. If we don’t understand the reason they are struggling, then we can’t diagnose them with the correct technology.
That is why we do the extensive testing that we do with processing speech in noise to understand the true magnitude of the person’s hearing loss. Then and only then can we determine which technology is best for the patient.
That’s why choosing to partner with a team of audiologists is incredibly important. You can allow us to ask the right questions, understand your unique circumstances, and then make a recommendation with full reasoning.
If you are based in the Greater Phoenix Area and are looking for a trusted team of professional audiologists that can help you to choose the right next step for yourself or a loved one, then we would love to help.
We can professionally test your hearing, understand your circumstances, and help you to make the right decision based on our vast experience and successful track record.
Alternatively, if you have any questions and would like either a second opinion or a no-obligation and friendly conversation with a team of specialists, then it’s our privilege to help.
We look forward to hearing from you.