The numbers don’t lie: at some point in your life, you’re more than likely going to need a hearing aid. A report from NIDCD estimates that about a quarter of all people from 60 to 75 have some form 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 right 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 modern 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 consider.
Directionality is a Key Feature
One critical feature you need to pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which has the capability of keeping background noise to a minimum while focusing on sound you want to hear like conversations. One, if not 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 coming from different speakers and sometimes do both.
Will Your Hearing Aid Interact With Your Phone?
It’s become apparent, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a country. You probably have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or an older style cell phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t own any kind of cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re testing different hearing aids, you should test how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Are you capable of discerning voices plainly? Does it feel easy to wear? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? When shopping for new hearing aids, you should consider all of these.
What is The Probability You Would Actually Use it?
In the past few years, as noted above, the technology of hearing aids has significantly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which have trended in the smaller and more comfortable path. However, there will always be some trade-offs. It depends on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and might fit better but a larger one may be more powerful. 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, better directionality functions and more advanced sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little larger.
What Type of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?
One of the biggest issues since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the chaos it causes to users. Being outside on a windy day with a traditional hearing aid used to mean that you couldn’t pick up anything except the wind, which is enough to drive anyone crazy. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy place, you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that annoying wind howl. Looking for more information about how to choose the correct hearing aid? Get in touch with us.