Choosing hearing aids involves selecting the right brand, style and technology level to match your lifestyle, budget and hearing loss.
Currently in Australia there are 8 major hearing aid manufacturers each with their own unique models and algorithms designed to help you hear better. Recent technology advancements has meant that current hearing aids are both discreet and packed with cutting edge technology.
Hearing Choices works with all the major hearing aid brands and therefore can provide you with the choice of almost any hearing aid currently available.
We have convenient locations around Australia which means that after you select a hearing aid you can go into one of our clinics to be fitted by a hearing care professional who will provide ongoing service and advice to make sure you get the most out of your new hearing aids.
Click one of the links below to learn more about hearing aids brands, technology or styles.
Popular Hearing Aid Brands
Below are the major hearing aid brands with the latest and greatest technology. Click a logo below to find the latest hearing aid releases and technology available from that brand. Hearing Choices works with all the leading hearing aid brands which means you have the choice to pick the perfect hearing aid for you.
Compare the latest Hearing Aids Models
Manufacturers release new hearing aids on yearly cycles, generally there will be a small refresh followed by a major revamp in technology. Hearing Choices is at the forefront of hearing aid technology and keeps up to date with the latest hearing aids releases from all the major manufacturers.
The most in demand hearing aid styles
There are two major styles of hearing aids, the most popular is the tiny RIC device that sits behind the ear followed by the tiny invisible hearing aid which sits within the ear canal. You can find some Pro’s and Con’s of each style below. Click the links to find the latest models for each style.
Invisible Hearing Aids
- Tiny discreet devices that can be invisible to others.
- Generally easier to use on the telephone
- Less powerful hearing aids due to smaller size and can cause a “blocked” feeling in the ear
Receiver In the Canal Hearing Aids
- Suitable for a wider range and types of hearing loss
- Dual microphones give better performance in noise
- More visible than invisible hearing aid options
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How to Choose Hearing Aids
Choosing hearing aids can be daunting if you’re a first time hearing aid wearer. There are 3 factors which go into selecting which is the most appropriate hearing aid for your specific needs.
Your Level Of Hearing Loss
A hearing care professional will conduct a hearing test which will help you determine the extent of your hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you’re suffering from as well as whether your hearing loss is in one ear (monaural) or both your ears (binaural). Your level of hearing loss will determine the most appropriate style of hearing aids, generally speaking:
Mild hearing loss:
- Symptoms: Ok in one on one conversation but have some difficulty in background noise.
- Hearing Threshold Level: 26 – 40 dB
- Hearing Aids: May be of assistance
Moderate hearing loss:
- Symptoms: Asking people to repeat themselves during conversations, especially bad with background noise.
- Hearing Threshold: 41 – 55 dB
- Hearing Aids: Very helpful and strongly recommended.
Severe Hearing Loss:
- Symptoms: Can’t hear conversation without hearing aids. .
- Hearing Threshold: 70 – 90 dB
- Hearing Aids: May require a super-powered hearing aid to get benefit.
Profound Hearing Loss:
- Symptoms: Will have trouble even with hearing aids.
- Hearing Threshold: 71 – 90 dB
- Hearing Aids: May require a cochlear implant.
In summary the hearing aid styles are:
- Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss – IIC or a RIC hearing aid
- Moderate to Severe Hearing Loss – RIC Hearing Aid
- Severe Hearing Loss – RIC or Super Powered BTE
- Profound Hearing loss – Super Powered BTE or Cochlear Implant
Your Lifestyle and Budget
After determine the most appropriate style of hearing aids, the next is to determine what is the most appropriate level of hearing aid technology. Generally, the more active of a lifestyle you lead the more technology you will need to deal with the background noise and get a good outcome with your hearing aids. The price of hearing aids is determined by the hearing aid technology rather than the hearing aid style. Most hearing aid manufacturers have between 3 and 5 levels of technology for each model and style.
Generally the technology break up is as follows:
- Quite Lifestyle – Essential or Standard technology levels – Prices From $1,300
- Casual Lifestyle – Advanced Technology – Prices from $2,400
- Active Lifestyle – Premium Technology – Prices from $3,500
It’s important to choose hearing aids which match your lifestyle. If you buy a technology level that does not have the features required you’ll most likely be frustrated with the hearing aids as they won’t perform well in noise. Features like Bluetooth streaming and rechargeable batteries are becoming more common and don’t significantly increase the cost of the hearing aids. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the technology level that matches your lifestyle, hearing choices offers up to 12 months interest free finance to help spread out the costs. Hearing aids are by no mean a small investment but it’s an investment into your quality of life and getting back to the activities you enjoy.
Choosing Hearing Aids
If you have any questions about choosing hearing aids or need a second opinion or quote, please get in touch with hearing choices on 1300 848 335 or by submitted a form on our website. We are independent of the hearing aid manufacturers and have clinics located around Australia to provide service and advice.