If you have had your hearing tested, your audiologist might have told you that you could benefit from wearing hearing aids. If you're going to spend money on hearing aids, you want to get the ones best suited for you. Just like when you buy any other product, you need to ensure that you're going to get a quality product. However, purchasing a hearing aid isn't like buying an cell phone. Everyone has different needs when it comes to hearing aids, so there's no one best product for everyone. The best hearing aid for you depends on your level of hearing loss, your lifestyle and your budget.

Here are some tips on choosing the right hearing aid.

Your level of hearing loss

Different hearing aids are suitable for varying levels of hearing loss. Most hearing aid styles are suitable for mild and moderate hearing loss. However, for people with more severe hearing loss, some styles might not be suitable. In particular, some of the smaller styles, such as completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids might not work for someone with severe hearing loss. The three main categories of hearing aids are behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE) and receiver-in-the-ear (RIC) hearing aids. There are variations on these styles to offer different sizes and functions. Your audiologist will help you to find the right styles for your level of hearing loss.

Your budget

Budget is another very personal thing to consider when you're choosing hearing aids. Some people might have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare or other financial assistance to help them pay for their hearing aids. However, many people need to use their savings or income to pay for them, as most insurance companies don’t pay for hearing aids. Most hearing aids average around $4,000 per pair, making them a costly investment. Fortunately, you can often access affordable payment plans to help you pay for your hearing aids. You can set your own budget, and your audiologist can help you to find a suitable product in your price range.

Your lifestyle

Finding the best hearing aid also requires you to think about your lifestyle. Everyone has different needs at work and various hobbies, so your wants and needs for your hearing aids are specific to you. The best hearing aid for you is one that helps you to continue doing the things you love to do, as well as the things that you need to do. Do you need a hearing aid that won't get knocked when you're playing sports? Perhaps you want to make sure you can adjust the settings when listening to live music, talking within a group or giving a presentation. The basic functions of your hearing aid and possible extras that you choose can help you to live your life the way that you want to.

There's no single hearing aid that's best for everyone. To make the right choice for you, you need to think about your needs and find a hearing aid that meets them.