It is clear that the selection of a hearing aid should be guided by the recommendations of a specialist. However, there are situations when a person of advanced age, about 80-85 years old, is simply not able to go to the audiologist.
And the point is not even that there is no one of his relatives to accompany him. It's just that the old man barely moves around the house, resigned himself to his hearing loss and no longer expects any joys from life. He is unaware that hearing loss has become a family-wide problem. After all, not only all household members, but also neighbors suffer from the screaming TV at full power. It is good if an elderly person accepts his disadvantage calmly. But resentments often build up. Like, you are there plotting something against me, whispering. In this case, it is easier to buy a hearing aid without the knowledge of the old man than to convince him otherwise.
The choice of hearing aids is very wide today. However, only two types are distinguished: analog and digital. Those, in turn, are divided into types according to the method of installation: in-ear, behind-the-ear, pocket. It is necessary to immediately put aside the in-the-ear devices for sound amplification if you plan to make an acquisition without the main participant. The fact is that they are made only on the basis of special casts individually. Moreover, regardless of whether the hearing aids are deep-channel or will occupy the entire internal area of the auricle.
It remains to choose between the remaining two. A pocket device with headphones is an outdated model, and therefore the cheapest: from 800 to 1000 rubles. If an elderly person does not care that the device is visible and necessary, mainly for watching TV, then this model is quite suitable. It is convenient for those people who have impaired fine motor skills. The pocket-sized device is easier to pick up and adjust to the desired volume.
For an elderly person who is already deeply over 80, it is best to purchase a behind-the-ear device that is conveniently attached and easily removed, has an average size and is lightweight. Moreover, if the old man does not leave the apartment at all, then he does not care whether the hearing aid is visible to others or not. But how many positive emotions he will receive when he can watch his favorite movie or listen to the native melody of his youth.
When choosing between analog and digital, analog instruments are easier to set up and less prone to breakdown. It would be more correct to say that you don't even need to program them. Of course, digital designs are more sophisticated in design and construction, allowing for tuning for optimum sound clarity. They do not interfere with the use of your mobile phone. When this fact is not fundamentally important for an elderly person, it is better to opt for an analog modern device.
When purchasing a hearing aid, you need to pay attention to how it charges. There are battery operated devices, battery operated devices that charge like a mobile phone. If an elderly relative lives far from civilization, you need to take care of buying spare batteries, since one is usually enough for 1, 5 months. As a rule, the instructions indicate for what hearing level the device is designed.