Hearing aid technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Most hearing aid companies will release a new top of the range product every 12 - 18 months.
Modern hearing aids have clearer sound, better performance in background noise and more ‘automatic’ features which make them easier to use than previous generation hearing aids. There may be a number of different hearing aids that are suitable for you.
It is still important to remember that hearing aids are essentially a device to amplify sound. Your level of hearing also determines how clear the amplified sound is and the amount of benefit you can get from certain hearing aid features. The other thing to remember is that different hearing aid manufacturers may give different names to similar hearing aid features. This can be confusing. Your audiologist will be able to discuss this with you.
It is most important to choose a hearing aid that matches your individual needs as closely as possible.The most expensive hearing aid is not necessarily the best hearing aid for your needs. When your
existing hearing aid can no longer be repaired and you are no longer eligible for a new one from Australian Hearing, be wise when shopping around for another one.
New technology has also improved cochlear implants (the bionic ear). Both hardware and software improvements have resulted in a smaller, better performing device. The implant program can benefit more deaf and hearing impaired people than ever before.
If you are interested, ask your Audiologist for more information or contact a Cochlear Implant Centre.
Hearing aids can be quite costly and so it is worth considering insuring them against loss, through either home and contents or personal property insurance. We recommend that you investigate this option before turning 21.
Private health insurance
Some health funds offer limited cover for hearing aids. Cover is usually only available with the highest level of private health insurance.
15-Nov-2015 7:57 PM (AEST)