The numbers don’t lie: you may require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of individuals from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for people over 75 this figure increases to 50%. The best method to combat age-related hearing loss is to use a hearing aid, but how can you be sure which type is best for you? Hearing aids used to have issues such as vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but cutting-edge hearing aids have resolved these kinds of problems. But to ensure your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to think about.
Directionality is a Key Feature
One important feature you need to look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing in on sound you want to hear like conversations. One, or both, of two types of directionality systems are operating inside most hearing aids, they either focus on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound produced by different speakers and sometimes do both.
Will Your Hearing Aid Connect With Your Phone?
As a nation, we’re addicted to our phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, it’s likely you have an old-style cell phone. And for the few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you will want to see how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all of the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.
Are You Likely to Wear it?
As mentioned above, hearing aid technology has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller nowadays. But there are certainly pros and cons. It depends on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and may fit better but a larger one could be more powerful. The little ones won’t have the features of the larger models and they could get clogged with earwax but they do fit inside your ears nearly imperceptibility. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and might be more noticeable, but often have more directionality features and provide more choices for sound amplification.
What Type of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?
One of the largest problems since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it wreaks on wearers. It could have driven anyone crazy to go out on a breezy day and hear nothing except the wind. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations are free from that frustrating wind howl. Inform yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Give us a call.