Shopping for a hearing aid? Here are the four must-haves

Buying hearing aids can be an overwhelming experience. Hearing aid specialists and audiologists are trained to walk you through the options, and help you get fitted with the devices that offer you everything you need (and skip unnecessary bells and whistles that increase the price). 

Still, it’s always a smart idea as a consumer to be informed. 

That’s particularly true with hearing aids—with these small devices, people often have to make difficult tradeoffs when it comes to features, says audiologist Juliëtte Sterkens, a hearing loop advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

Plus, with so many options available, knowing which features are musts, and which are optional, can be tricky.

Enter a new term, coined by Sterkens, to give you a starting point: superfecta hearing aids.