The best hearing aid out there isn’t that easy to determine. There are no awards or votes happening to crown the very best hearing aid of all time.

Asking us what hearing aids are the best is a common question, but unfortunately, it’s one that you won’t like the answer to.

It’s like asking a tennis player, “What is the best court to play on?” Many personal circumstances determine what is the right decision based on so many personal factors.

I’m going to get to the bottom of this within this article. My goal is to help you to better understand your options, the key questions to ask, and the next steps that you should take.

So, What Is The Best Manufacturer?

Looking back at the tennis analogy — it’s just like asking whether you should choose to play on hard courts, grass, or clay — they all work great for the game, but they are favored by different people.

The same goes for hearing aid manufacturers.

We have established a 21-year record of improving the lives of thousands of local people in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona, which is why we trust in manufacturers that have helped us do just that. The manufacturer that we choose to partner with is ReSound.

This is the most reputable manufacturer. Having sold tons of hearing devices, they’re truly passionate about what they do and have the products and support to prove it.

I’ve worked with so many other companies in the past, so it was a blessing to find that these devices offer the greatest results for our patients.

At this point, the key device that hugely impresses us is the ReSound ONE.

With technology constantly emerging, we stay at the forefront of change to ensure we can deliver the best outcome for you and other patients.

How Do Your Personal Preferences Impact The Decision?

When choosing the right hearing aids for you, other key considerations are your lifestyle and the different environments where your devices will need to perform to their best.

If you spend your day in meetings or at places with lots of background noise, then your devices would need to perform very differently from somebody who works outdoors or alone, such as at a golf course.

Vanity also influences the personal decision made. Sometimes this simple detail can be the thing to derail someone’s plans to improve their hearing.

Taking into account the level of discreteness that you are comfortable with is very important.

Rechargeable batteries versus replaceable ones are also a key consideration. We find that some people demand rechargeable batteries, so they don’t have to fiddle with or replace small batteries. Others don’t care and would prefer to not include rechargeability.

With different hearing devices and treatment plans available, you need to find an option that fits within your budget.

Whether utilizing payment plans, your insurance benefits, or exploring new options, we can assist you every step of the way.

How Do You Choose Which Hearing Aids Are Right For You?

I hope this article has demonstrated there is no “one-size-fits-all” device for anyone. Many factors go into making the right decision, and it’s helpful to have a team of dedicated professionals on your side.

It is essential to align yourself with a team of hearing care experts in your corner. This will give you peace of mind knowing you can allow the experts that have cared for thousands of local people to ask the right questions for you.

They will understand your unique circumstances and then recommend a full understanding of your personal situation.

If you’re based in the Scottsdale area and are looking for a trusted team of hearing aid specialists that can help you to choose the right next step for you or a loved one, we would love to help.

To schedule your appointment, simply call (480) 684-1080 or click here to get in touch.

Alternatively, if you have any questions and would like either a second opinion or a no-obligation and friendly conversation with a team of specialists, then it’s our privilege and duty to help.

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital, and clinical settings.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.