The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re probably going to require a hearing aid. A study from NIDCD states that about a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some kind of loss of hearing, and that figure goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. But how can you be sure which hearing aid is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best opportunity to combat hearing loss? Hearing aids at one time had issues such as susceptibility to water damage and unwanted background noise but cutting-edge hearing aids have resolved these types of issues. But there’s still a good deal you need to know when picking a hearing aid to ensure that it works with your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
One important feature you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the specific noise near you (such as a conversation) while reducing background sound to a minimum. One, if not both, of two types of directionality systems are working inside most hearing aids, they either focus in 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 phones. You more than likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip phone. And for those few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, how well hearing aid works with your phone is an essential consideration when you’re shopping for hearing aids. How does it sound? Are you able to discern voices precisely? Does it feel comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? When shopping for new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.
Are You Likely to Wear it?
As noted above, hearing aid technology has advanced tremendously 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 direction. Still, there will always be some trade-offs. It depends on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid isn’t as obvious and might fit better but a larger one might be more powerful. 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 nearly invisibly. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and might be more noticeable, but often come with more directionality functions and provide more choices for sound amplification.
Exposure to Specific Background Sounds
One of the biggest problems since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it wreaks on wearers. It would have driven anyone nuts to go out on a windy day and hear nothing except wind. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that frustrating wind howl. Searching for more information about how to pick the correct hearing aid? Get in touch with us.