There are many decisions to make when deciding which hearing instruments to try. Following the audiological assessment, your hearing healthcare professional will provide you with information that is appropriate for your hearing loss and specific to your hearing needs so that you can make an informed decision about which hearing instruments will work best for you. Several factors must be considered including:
- Sound processing technology and circuitry (analog, programmable, digital, single- or multi-channel)
- Style or size of hearing instrument
- Additional options (volume control, programs, directional microphone, telecoil, remote control, etc.)
- Monaural vs. binaural (one versus two) hearing instruments
- Assistive listening devices
- Financial considerations
These decisions are sometimes made independently of one another whereas others require prioritization and compromises.