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What’s the most important feature to look for when considering new hearing aids? – Harford County Aegis “Ask a Doctor”

What’s the most important feature to look for when considering new hearing aids? – Harford County Aegis “Ask a Doctor”
July 24, 2015 Mindy Perry

Q: What’s the most important feature to look for when considering new hearing aids?
A: Modern hearing aids include many new features which can help people hear better in difficult listening situations.  All of these features are nice, but here’s a secret you won’t find in any hearing aid advertisement: The research shows, it’s really not about the hearing aid.  Studies show that there is very little correlation between the features or cost of hearing aids and quality of life.  What your hearing healthcare provider does with those hearing aids is what actually makes the difference.  Unfortunately, for various reasons, many providers don’t practice what the researchers preach, and a lot of people end up not hearing as well as they really could with their hearing aids.  If the goal is to hear and communicate as well as possible, the most important “feature” is a hearing healthcare provider that is trustworthy, educated, and practices evidence-based audiology.