Hearing Aid Levels
Hearing aids can greatly improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss as well as their family, friends, and associates. Once corrected, patients with hearing loss can more effectively engage in conversations both professionally and socially. This greatly reduces the stresses a loss causes; a very important fact given the relationship untreated hearing loss has with dementia. It also reduces the stress family and friends go through, especially the guilt of leaving someone out of the conversation, that is often overlooked.
Hearing aids come in four technology levels: Premium, Advanced, Intermediate, and Essential. Selecting the proper hearing aid greatly depends on your lifestyle and, to a lesser degree, the actual loss. Are you active professionally and/or socially, what activities do you enjoy, are you in challenging environments, etc?
Premium Hearing Aids
Premium hearing aids are geared towards “very active” individuals that engage in activities at home, have casual conversations at work or in social environments, are involved in conversations with small groups, attend social or work related meetings, go shopping or engage with conversations in public places, are involved in golfing or outdoor activities, enjoy eating out at a busy or noisy restaurant and attend occasional concerts or sporting events. If this lifestyle relates to you, our providers will carefully explain the features and benefits with this top tier innovative hearing technology and how it will assist you in the most difficult listening environments.
Advanced Hearing Aids
Advanced hearing aids are designed for “active” individuals that engage in activities at home, have casual conversations at work or in social environments, are involved in conversations with small groups, attend social or work related meetings, go shopping or engage with conversations in public places and are involved in golfing or outdoor activities. If your daily hearing environment is consistent with this mid level hearing technology, our providers will explain to you the differences between the Premium (Level 9) and Advanced (Level 7) to ensure you are fit with the appropriate hearing aids needed.
Intermediate Hearing Aids
Intermediate hearing aids best assist individuals who live a “quiet” lifestyle, engaging in activities at home, have casual conversations at work or in social environments and need assistance listening to the television, radio or telephone. If this technology relates to you, our providers will walk you through the differences in features and benefits of Premium, Advanced and Essential.
Essential Hearing Aids
Essential hearing aids are a basic solution suited for inactive lifestyles in non-challenging environments.