Need help choosing a hearing aid?
Here's answers to the frequently asked questions when choosing a hearing aid
Do I need a hearing aid?
Because hearing loss is so gradual, it’s not always easy to notice if you’re not hearing as well as you used to. Here are some signs you can look out for:
- The TV’s volume is too loud for other members of your family
- You find it difficult to keep up with conversations when there’s background noise
- Chatting on the phone is tricky even when the room is quiet
- You feel like people are mumbling a lot, and you have to ask them to repeat what they’ve said.
Often it’s your loved ones who notice a hearing loss before you do – so they might hint that you’re finding it difficult to hear too.
Should I buy 1 hearing aid or 2?
Hearing with both ears is called binaural hearing. Binaural hearing allows you to determine which direction a sound is coming from: it will reach one ear a fraction of a second sooner (and more loudly) than the other.
Your brain uses the time between when the sound reaches both your ears to calculate the direction that the sound has come from. This means that the only reliable way to tell where a sound comes from is by having two healthy ears, it also helps to hear better in background noise.
Binaural hearing is essential for things like being able to determine where a car is coming from so you can cross the road safely – it could save your life!
Two healthy ears – two hearing aids
Most forms of age-related hearing loss affect both ears. Even if one ear is worse than the other, it’s usually better to have two hearing aids – they can be programmed differently so that each one is perfectly tailored to the hearing loss in that ear. In short, you need both your ears working at their best to let you hear at your best – it’s as simple as that.
Why choose HearingDirect?
We can save you money - thanks to our competitive pricing structure. We don’t face the same overheads as those on the high street. Being an online organisation, we are able to keep costs to a minimum and pass on any savings to our customers.
Free advice from our team of trained audiologists - who are there to help you with your hearing related concerns. If you have a performance related query, or you’re after some simple fitting tips, please do get in touch.
Peace of mind - with a 30-day money back guarantee you really do have nothing to lose!