"Do all hearing aids sound the same?"

Fact or Fiction?

Audiologists and hearing aid specialists often hear the question, "Do all hearing aids sound the same?" Dr. Heather Parrish tackles this question with a flourish. In fact, “All hearing aids do not sound the same.” Hearing aid sound quality is best when an audiologist has gotten a chance to review your individual hearing loss needs.

There is a tremendous amount of variety when it comes to hearing aids, but the microchip technology inside is what can make a world of difference between lower quality amplification products and actual, premium hearing aids. Modern hearing aids have a number of features to increase sound clarity in specific environments. Here are a few questions to consider that can help new hearing aid users better understand their preferences:

  • Do you have mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss?
    > If you're not sure, find out with our Online Hearing Test or request a visit with a professional.
  • Do you prefer more power, discreetness, mobility - or all three?
    > Compare the styles and types of hearing aids to make the right choice for yourself or for a loved one.
  • Do you go running, jogging, or engage in outdoor activities that would bring moisture into the hearing aid?
    > If you're into fitness and adventure and also have hearing aids, take a look at some of our tips for using your hearing aids outdoors.
  • What are some of your most difficult listening environments you've noticed
    > Pass this information along to your hearing professional, let them know where you find it hardest to hear.
  • Does hearing loss run in your family/genes/generational lineage?

There is a lot of detail and care from your audiologist when fine-tuning the right pair of hearing aids for your lifestyle. Different hearing aid manufactures specialize in certain aspects of the technology more than others. Some devices are advantageous over others for any number of reasons and it can all affect the clarity of sound flowing into your ear. This is why the first step is always to speak with your local hearing professional.