A common question that we always get is, “What hearing aids are the best?” 

Although we can answer this question to our individual patients — hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all, and so as the most trusted hearing aid experts in Maryland — it’s not quite that simple.

It’s like asking a chef, “What is the best meal on your menu?”

Many personal circumstances contribute to the right decision based on many factors, and it all comes down to you.

In this article, my goal is to help you understand your options.

Knowing the key questions to ask when deciding on what type of hearing aids are right for you and the next steps you should take are hugely important.

How Do You Choose The Right Hearing Aid For Yourself?

To jump back to the chef analogy – it’s a little like asking whether you like burgers, caviar, or chicken noodle soup. They all make quality meals at the right place and at the right time. But they are favored by different people. Hearing aid manufacturers are the same.

By having helped thousands of local people all over Maryland to achieve better hearing, the top manufacturers that we choose to partner with are Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, and Phonak.

These are four of the most reputable manufacturers, having sold millions of hearing devices. In my opinion, they’re truly at the cutting edge of technology, with their devices offering the greatest results for our patients.

They all have their differences, and the decision of what we choose for a patient often depends on their unique circumstances and lifestyle to determine what will deliver them the greatest positive change, both initially and long term.

Depending on the patient’s unique circumstances, different companies offer different hearing aids with differing designs, features, and technology.

We offer a trial period that allows you to decide if the hearing aid is right for you. We are very aware that it may take a while to get used to the device.

Right now, some devices that are impressing us include the Starkey Livio Edge AI, the ReSound ONE, the Oticon More, and the Phonak Marvel.

But with new technology constantly emerging, we keep ourselves at the forefront of change so we can deliver the best outcome for you.

Does Your Lifestyle, Style, And Budget Impact The Decision?

Let’s begin with how your lifestyle affects your hearing aid decision. Different environments will require more or less from your hearing aid. We will need to know the details so your hearing aid can perform at its best no matter where you are.

For example, if you spend your day in meetings or at locations with lots of background noise, then your devices would need to perform very differently from a person who just needs a little help when speaking with their family or watching TV.

This translates through to your preferred style of vanity as well. This is one of the major contributors that stop many people from addressing a hearing challenge.

The look and discreetness of the device are something else we need to keep in mind.

We also find that some people prefer rechargeable batteries, and others don’t care and would prefer not to include the rechargeability feature.

Different hearing devices and treatment plans are available, and we need to find a budgetary option that works perfectly for you.

Whether utilizing payment plans, your insurance benefits, or exploring other options, we can help.

How Do You Choose Which Hearing Aids Are Best For You?

By reading this article, I hope I have shown that there is no “one-size-fits-all” device that exists. Many factors go into making the right decision and getting the most out of your decision.

Having said that, the decision should not be rushed or overlooked.

That’s why choosing a team of hearing experts to partner with is incredibly important. Now you can allow your experts, that have cared for thousands of local people, to ask the right questions, understand your unique circumstances, and make a recommendation with a full understanding of your situation.

If you are based in Maryland or the surrounding area and are looking for a trusted team of audiologists that can help you to choose the right next step for yourself or a loved one, then we would love to help.

With 12 offices spread across the state of Maryland, we can professionally test your hearing, understand your circumstances, and help you to make the right decision based on our vast experience and successful track record.

To schedule your appointment, then simply call (410) 944-3100 or click here to “Request a Callback.”

Alternatively, if you have any other questions and would like a no-obligation and friendly conversation with a team of specialists, then it’s our privilege to help.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Dr. Melissa Segev

Dr. Segev, co-owner of Audiology Associates, proudly represents the values of excellent patient care upon which her practice was established in 1977. She understands that to properly treat the patient, excellent state-of-the-art medical testing is required along with acute listening and understanding of the patient’s perceptions of how they are feeling and what their needs might be. Dr. Segev, a Baltimore native, graduated from Owings Mills High School, Towson State University, and received her doctoral degree (Au.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Segev treats patients that range in age from just weeks old to senior citizens. She offers a complete range of diagnostic services including patients suffering from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as well as patients who suffer from dizziness. She specializes in a complete range of state-of-the-art hearing aids, capable of providing help to any patients’ needs and budget.