Hearing technology has rapidly transformed from the past. No longer just designed to amplify sound, devices are equipped with the latest hi-tech software, providing wearers with a truly life-changing experience. But with so many brands and models now available, how do you know which one is right for you? These are some of the factors to consider when selecting a device.

Where Will You Wear Them?

One of the most important distinctions between different levels of technology is their versatility in alternate environments. On a normal day, someone may find they slip between windy, outdoor locations, to spaces where many people are talking, to a place where industrial machinery is whirring. An entry-level device will provide a standardized amount of hearing improvement in each of these situations. But a higher-level hearing aid will precisely capture individual sounds and voices, allowing the wearer to thrive in any setting.

What Sounds Are Important?

Another crucial difference amid the vast array of devices is how they can be fitted to meet a wearer’s specific needs. When someone invests in hearing technology, the doctors at Cornerstone Audiology spend several sessions ensuring they’re comfortable with their device. Audiologists can finely tune a top-level device’s output, making specific changes that suit an individual’s hearing issue. A lower-level device won’t provide such a high degree of customization, so wearers can’t access the same grade of tailoring.

How Much Warranty Do I Need?

Devices will also come with warranty protection for repair and loss and damage coverage. Hearing aid wearers can expect excellent performance from their devices every hour of the day, seven days a week. But occasionally, they’ll encounter an issue, and an audiologist will have to replace a part or send it to the manufacturer for repair. Higher-level hearing technology comes with a longer warranty, which ensures a person’s investment is protected for years into the future. But lower-level devices are equipped with less security, and wearers may find they need to foot the bill if something goes wrong or they lose them by accident.

What Features Do I Need?

Hearing aids also differ based on how wearers can use their devices to pair with other types of technology and media applications. Top-level devices offer a high level of connectivity with all manner of different smartphones and tablets. But those with lower-level hearing aids won’t have as many of these advanced features. If you’re someone who loves catching the latest films on Netflix, it may be worth investing in a device that allows you to do this with ease.

What If I’m Concerned?

If you think you might have a hearing loss, it’s important to speak to an audiologist as soon as possible. The doctors at Cornerstone Audiology can offer each patient a hearing evaluation, leading to a precise diagnosis of a particular issue. They can then provide expert guidance on the hearing technology that will best suit your needs and budget. Are you worried about a hearing loss or know someone who might be experiencing an issue? Request a callback now and a member of the team will provide all the information you need to change your life today!

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Dr. Christina Au.D., CCC-A Doctor of Audiology, ABA Board Certified Audiologist

A West Texas native, Dr. Corrales strives to improve the quality of her patients’ lives through better hearing. She received her bachelor of science degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences, as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Dr. Corrales is board certified through the American Board of Audiology and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).