The numbers don’t lie: at some point in your life, you’re most likely going to require a hearing aid. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for individuals over 75 this number increases to 50%. But how can you be sure which model is correct for you when you realize it’s your best chance of combating loss of hearing? Breakthroughs in technology through the years have fixed some of the problems usually linked to hearing aids, like too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to ensure your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to think about.
Pay Attention to Directionality
One crucial feature you should look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise near you (such as a discussion) while reducing background sound to a minimum. One, or both, of two 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.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
As a nation, we’re addicted to our cell phones. You more than likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip 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. What is the sound like? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity features available? When looking at new hearing aids, you should take into consideration all of these.
Are You Likely to Wear it?
In the last few years, as noted above, the technology 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 direction. However, there will always be some trade-offs. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it mostly depends on your hearing professional’s suggestion and what you want to achieve with your hearing aid. The little models won’t have the features of the larger models and they might get clogged with earwax but they do fit inside your ears almost imperceptibility. On the other hand, better directionality features and more sophisticated sound amplification choices are available with a behind the ear hearing aid though it’s a little larger.
Exposure to Specific Background Noises
One of the leading concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to users. It would have driven anyone nuts to go out on a windy day and hear nothing but the wind. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can carry on conversations at an average volume and avoid the headaches that are associated with hearing aid wind noises. Looking for more information about how to pick the correct hearing aid? Get in touch with us.