Hearing loss has been a subject which researchers have devoted endless amounts of time and resources studying. Hearing aids may be recommended by a Hearing Practitioner to treat most hearing losses, as determined through testing. Hearing aid technology has advanced over the years with a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. One size does not fit all, as wearers have many different needs that must be taken into account. With this in mind, manufacturers develop hearing instruments with different technology levels to best suit each wearer’s lifestyle. So what are technology levels? They are levels set by hearing aid manufacturers and hearing aid retailers to separate hearing aids into different performance and pricing categories. These technology levels range from Entry, Basic, Advanced and Premium. Below you can view the different technology levels to determine which may be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Entry Level: Is best suited for persons who are not in challenging acoustic environments but need something for one on one situations, use of the phone, watching the television or listening to the radio.
Basic Level: Is best suited for persons who are not in noisy environments often but will participate in environments with some background noise such as small family dinners, group meetings and social functions.
Advanced Level: Is tailored for individuals who are exposed to average noisy environments. Those who take part in sporting events, restaurants and group conversations.
Premium Level: Is tailored for individuals in the nosiest situations including being outdoors, listening to music, large meetings and social gatherings.
So, if you’ve made a decision that you would like to look into purchasing hearing aids, please keep this information in mind. It will help to make your decision much easier!