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Hearing Aid Considerations

Technology has paved the way for hearing aids that are designed to improve a wide range of hearing impairments.

A comprehensive hearing evaluation by audiology and ENT healthcare providers helps determine the device most appropriate for each patient. The type of hearing aid device best suited to a patient’s needs will depend upon many factors. Considerations include:

  • Features needed to address the patient’s priorities for improved hearing and communication
  • Shape of the outer ear
  • Depth of depression near the ear canal
  • Type and severity of hearing loss
  • Manual dexterity to remove and insert hearing aids, and
  • Amount of wax build-up in the ear

A few other factors to keep in mind as you help patients choose hearing aids include:

  • Aesthetic considerations
  • The hearing aid’s warranty, and
  • Patient’s health insurance coverage

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