The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re more than likely going to require a hearing aid. A quarter of individuals between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for people over 75 this figure increases to 50%. The best method to fight age-related hearing loss is to wear a hearing aid, but how can you discover which type is the right one for you? Developments in technology in recent times have resolved some of the issues traditionally linked to hearing aids, like too much background noise and susceptibility to water damage. But there’s still a good deal you need to know when picking out a hearing aid to be sure it fits your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
One important feature you need to pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the specific noise near you (like a discussion) while keeping background sound to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality packages, which either focus in on the sound directly in front of you, the sound that’s coming from different speakers, or a combination of those two.
Will Your Hearing Aid Interact With Your Phone?
It’s become obvious, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a nation. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are 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 looking at hearing aids. What is the sound like? Are you able to discern voices plainly? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to take into consideration all of these.
Are You Inclined to Wear it?
As noted above, hearing aid development has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past few years. 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 will always be some trade-offs. It is dependant on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and might fit better but a larger one might be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly into your ear canal and is all but invisible, but it won’t have many of the functions available in larger hearing aids and can sometimes be prone to earwax clogs. On the other hand, better directionality features and more sophisticated sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little bit larger.
Exposure to Specific Background Sounds
Wind interference has been an extreme problem for hearing aid users ever since they were developed. Being outside on a windy day with a traditional hearing aid once meant that you couldn’t pick up anything except the wind, which is could drive anyone insane. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, you’ll need to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at an average volume and steer clear of the headaches that are linked to hearing aid wind noises. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Call us.