Choosing Hearing Aids

Find all the information you need on what factors control which hearing aid is best for you.

Which hearing aid is best for my kind of hearing loss?

Hearing loss is always on a spectrum and can vary wildly from person to person. Audiologists classify hearing loss as the number of decibels that you no longer hear. Let’s take a look at the different levels of hearing loss.

Level of Hearing LossRecommended Hearing Aid
Between 21-40dB
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC). If low frequencies are normal, an open fitting RIC is best advised to avoid over-occluding and ‘head-in-a-bucket’ feeling.
Between 41-70dB
RIC with a more closed fitting / In-the-Ear (ITE) with appropriate venting / Behind-the-Ear (BTE) with skeleton or shell mould.
Between 71-95dB
RIC with custom-fit receiver tip to secure seal for adequate high frequency gain / ITE with full shell / BTE with shell mould
95dB or more
BTE / High-Power BTE / RIC with ultra-power receiver
Note that different technology levels and types will be appropriate for different people according to their level of loss and individual circumstance: these are only suggestions. It is always recommended that you check with your audiologist or one of our Hear4U specialists to ascertain your level of hearing loss before purchasing a hearing aid so that you can get what is best for you.

What do I need the most?

It all depends on your lifestyle! Your choice of hearing aid doesn’t only depend on your level of hearing loss, but also what you want to do with it. Which of the following are you?

Lifestyle TypeSuggested Hearing Aid
The Chatter – Do you often find yourself in social situations with a lot of talking going on? Then you might be the Chatter!ReSound ONE™. Thanks to its smart hearing app with speech focus slider, as well as direct Android and iOS streaming, it’s great for those who love to socialize.
The TV Lover – Are you more the type that loves to relax and watch their favourite new series or film? Then you could be our TV lover!Phonak Audéo™ Paradise. With a TV connector that’s delightfully simple to set up and use and pairs automatically without the need to turn off and on, it’s a hassle-free option.
The Go-Getter – Are you always busy with one thing or another, ever restless and never standing still? Then you could be our Go-Getter!Phonak hearing aids feature the Roger™ select series while Starkey hearing aids boast an impressive table microphone accessory – both with 6 microphones which you can select or deselect to choose your directionality. Both are fantastic for work meetings and otherwise challenging environments.
The Sun Worshipper – Are you often out on your holidays, whether it be across the country or overseas? Then you could be our Sun Worshipper!WIDEX MOMENT™. Thanks to their diminutive size but outstanding natural sound, the MOMENT makes for a discreet yet surprisingly powerful option for all those jetsetters out there. The Widex Moment has an IP rating of 68 which makes it protected from dust and can be submerged in clean water up to 1 meter.
The All-Rounder – Are you more interested in a hearing aid that’s just useful in every situation, whatever the weather? Then you could be our All-Rounder!Starkey Livio Edge AI. With step counting, fall detection, an incredible range of assistive listening devices as well as a rechargeable function, it’s not just a jack of all trades but a master of a few as well.

How do I want them to look?

There are plenty of styles to choose from! Whether you prefer a discreet look or something flashier, there’s a whole world to explore. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What hearing aid you eventually opt for will ultimately depend on your level of hearing loss and what you wish to get out of your hearing aid. Do you prefer more functionality, or a less visible option? It’s always best to check with your audiologist before deciding.

Modern hearing aids come with a whole host of benefits that vary based upon brand and model. Nowadays hearing aids can have full Bluetooth functionality that connects with other wireless devices like TV streamers, mobile phones and microphones, and additional features like fall detection, advanced AI hearing and auto-tuning. It all depends on the model!

Our sister company, Hearing Aid Accessories, stocks all kinds of tools to get the best out of your devices. Whether it’s cleaning products, part replacements or nifty gadgets, they have you covered. You can learn more about them here.

At the moment, we do not provide any waterproof hearing aids. However, don’t worry: different waterproof hearing aids are set to be released in the coming year!

It’s important to remember that hearing aids are not a panacea. It’s likely your hearing will never be quite as it once was before it was damaged, but for many, the extra amplification that people receive through their hearing aids can be an absolute life-changer.

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