The numbers don’t lie: you will probably require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have hearing loss and for individuals over 75 this number increases to 50%. The best method 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 in recent times have corrected some of the issues traditionally linked to hearing aids, including too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to ensure that your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to consider.
Directionality is a Key Feature
One critical attribute you need to look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the specific noise near you (such as a conversation) while reducing background noise to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus in on the sound directly in front of you, the speech that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of both.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
It’s become apparent, we’re addicted to our phone as a country. You probably have some type of cell phone, either a smartphone or an older style cell phone. And for those few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you should test how they connect to your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel easy to wear? Is it Bluetooth Ready? When shopping for new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.
Are You Likely to Wear it?
As mentioned above, hearing aid technology has advanced tremendously over the last few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which have trended in the smaller and more comfortable path. Nevertheless, there will always be some trade-offs. A more compact 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 accomplish with your hearing aid. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly in 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 larger and may be more obvious, but often have more directionality features and provide more options for sound amplification.
Exposure to Particular Background Sounds
Wind interference has been an overwhelming difficulty for hearing aid users ever since they were invented. 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 crazy. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that frustrating wind howl. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Give us a call.