The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re most likely going to require a hearing aid. A study from NIDCD states that around a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some form of loss of hearing, and that figure jumps up to 50% for people 75 and older. But how can you be sure which hearing aid is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best chance of combating hearing loss? Developments in technology over the years have corrected some of the problems usually linked to hearing aids, such as an excessive amount of background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But there’s still a lot you need to know when deciding on a hearing aid to make sure it works with your lifestyle.
Directionality is a Key Feature
Directionality is one key function you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise around you (like a conversation) while keeping background noise to a minimum. Most hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus on the noise directly in front of you, the speech that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of those two.
Will Your Hearing Aid Connect With Your Phone?
It’s become obvious, we’re addicted to our phone as a nation. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have a flip phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t own any type of cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an important consideration when you’re looking at hearing aids. What does it sound like? Do voices sound clear? Is it Comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all the things you should take into consideration when selecting new hearing aids.
What is The Likelihood You Would Actually Wear it?
In the past few years, as mentioned above, the development of hearing aids has vastly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller nowadays. But there are definitely pros and cons. It is dependant on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid isn’t as obvious and may fit better but a larger one may be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly in your ear canal and is all but invisible, but it won’t have many of the features available in larger hearing aids and will be prone to earwax clogs. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and might be more noticeable, but often have more directionality features and provide more options for sound amplification.
What Kind of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?
Wind noise has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users since they were invented. It would have driven anyone insane to go out on a windy day and hear nothing except wind. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations are free from that annoying wind howl. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Give us a call.