The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re more than likely going to require a hearing aid. A report 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 people 75 and older. But how can you be sure which hearing aid is right for you when you realize it’s your best opportunity to combat hearing loss? Hearing aids at one time had issues including vulnerability to water damage and excessive background noise but modern day hearing aids have solved these kinds of problems. But there’s still a lot you should know when choosing a hearing aid to make sure it fits your lifestyle.
Directionality is a Crucial Feature
One essential attribute you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the particular noise around you (such as a conversation) while reducing background sound to a minimum. One, or both, of two 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.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
It’s become apparent, we’re addicted to our phone as a country. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have a flip phone. And for those 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 connect to your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Is it Comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.
Are You Inclined to Use it?
In the past 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. It is dependant on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and might fit better but a larger one might be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly in your ear canal and is all but invisible, but it won’t have many of the functions available in larger hearing aids and can sometimes be prone to earwax clogs. On the other side of it, better directionality functions and more advanced sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid though it’s a little larger.
What Type of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?
Wind interference has been an extreme problem for hearing aid users ever since they were developed. It would have driven anyone insane to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing but wind. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy place, 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 related to hearing aid wind noises. Looking for more information about how to select the right hearing aid? Call us.