The numbers don’t lie: you will probably need hearing aids eventually. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD report, have loss of hearing and for people over 75 this number increases to 50%. The best means to deal with age-related loss of hearing is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which style is the right one for you? Developments in technology through the years have fixed some of the problems traditionally associated with hearing aids, such as too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to make certain your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to consider.
Directionality is a Key Feature
Directionality is one important function you should look for, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing on noise you want to hear including conversations. One, if not both, of two types of directionality systems are functioning inside most hearing aids, they either focus on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound coming from different speakers and sometimes do both.
Will Your Hearing Aid Interact With Your Phone?
As a country, we’re addicted to our cell phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, it’s likely you have a flip phone. And for those few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an important concern when you’re shopping for hearing aids. What is the sound like? Do voices sound clear? Does it feel easy to wear? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? These are all of the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.
Are You Inclined to Use it?
In the last 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 have moved towards the smaller and more comfortable path. Nevertheless, there are always going to be some trade-offs. A more compact hearing aid might not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it mostly depends on your hearing specialist’s suggestion and what you want to accomplish with your hearing aid. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly into your ear canal and is basically invisible, but it won’t have many of the functions 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 may be more obvious, but often come with more directionality functions and provide more options for sound amplification.
Exposure to Specific Background Sounds
One of the leading concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the chaos it wreaks on users. Being outside during a windy day with a traditional hearing aid used to mean that you couldn’t pick up anything except the wind, which is could drive anyone crazy. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations are free from that aggravating wind howl. Inform yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Give us a call.