The numbers don’t lie: at some point in your life, you’re most likely going to require a hearing aid. A study from NIDCD estimates that approximately a quarter of all people from 60 to 75 have some kind of hearing loss, and that number goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. The best method to fight age-related hearing loss is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which model is the right one for you? Breakthroughs in technology through the years have resolved some of the problems traditionally connected 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.
Directionality is a Key Feature
Directionality is one important function you should look for, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing on sound you want to hear like conversations. One, or both, of two types of directionality systems are functioning 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 an older style cell phone. And for those few who don’t actually have a cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you will want to see how they connect to your phone. What is the sound like? Do voices sound sharp? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? These are all the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.
What is The Likelihood You Would Actually Use it?
In the last few years, as mentioned above, the technology of hearing aids has vastly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller today. But there are definitely pros and cons. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it really depends on your hearing professional’s suggestion and what you need to accomplish with your hearing aid. The little ones won’t have the features of the larger models and they may get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears virtually imperceptibility. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and may be more noticeable, but often have more directionality features and have more choices for sound amplification.
What Type of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?
Wind noise has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users since they were developed. It could have driven anybody nuts to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing but the wind. you live in a windy area or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations won’t have that aggravating wind howl. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Call us.