Which Performance Level is Right For Me?

A hearing aid is a highly sophisticated communication device containing a microphone, an amplifier and a loudspeaker.

Depending on the quality of your chosen device, hearing aids can also offer a range of advanced features designed to further enhance hearing.

Modern Hearing Aids

Hearing device technology has undergone a revolution in recent years. Today’s modern hearing aids:

  • mimic our auditory system to provide a far more natural sound
  • are small, elegant, unobtrusive and, in most cases, invisible when worn
  • are easy to use and adjust
  • contain wireless and Bluetooth technology, so you can audio-stream your TV, mobile, computer, radio and other devices

The Hearing Care Shop offers a wide range of modern hearing aid devices that can either be worn in the ear or behind the ear.

What’s more, hearing aids are now available in a range of colours to match your hair colour, skin tone – or just your sense of style!

Hearing Aid Performance Levels

Hearing aid manufacturers generally have 3-4 performance levels across their range of hearing aids: Essential, Advanced, and Premium/Ultimate.

The performance level you choose will depend on your personal level of hearing, your listening needs, your lifestyle, and your budget.

  • Essential/Basic hearing aids are designed to make speech easier to hear.
  • Advanced/Mid Level hearing aids shape the sound even more closely. As they automatically adapt to changes in your environment, communication becomes easier.
  • Premium/Ultimate hearing aids offer the richest, most natural sound quality. Detects and changes to your environment, maintains focus on speech and best at eliminating unwanted background noise.

The technology inside the hearing aid is what really makes the difference. The more sophisticated the technology, the richer and more rewarding your hearing experience will be.

Environment versus Performance Level

Below are examples of environments and situations different hearing aid performance levels best operate in. Our audiologist takes into consideration your lifestyle when recommending which hearing aid is best suited to your needs.

EssentialAdvancedPremium
Designed for people who socialise once a week and mainly operate in quite environments.Designed for active lifestyles with frequent communication.Designed for active and social lifestyle, where speech needs to be enhanced in dynamic environments.
• One-on-One conversations
• Watching TV
• Theatres, lectures and movies
• In environment with moderate background noise such as shopping centres, and outdoors
• One-on-One conversations
• Watching TV
• Theatres, lectures and movies
• Mobile Phone
• Small group conversations
• In loud, noisy environments such as shopping centres, meetings and outdoors
• One-on-One conversations
• Watching TV
• Theatres, lectures and movies
• Mobile Phone
• Small group conversations
• Busy Restaurant
• Large Gatherings | Big Crowds
• Parties
• Work
• In significantly loud, noisy environments such as shopping centres, meetings and outdoors