The numbers don’t lie: at some point in your life, you’re probably going to need a hearing aid. A report from NIDCD estimates that around a quarter of all individuals from 60 to 75 have some kind of hearing loss, and that figure goes up to 50% for people 75 and older. The best method to fight age-related hearing loss is to wear a hearing aid, but how do you know which style is the right one for you? Hearing aids at one time had problems like susceptibility to water damage and excessive background noise but cutting-edge hearing aids have solved these kinds of issues. But there’s still a good deal you need to know when deciding on a hearing aid to make sure it fits your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
Directionality is one important function you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise near you (such as a conversation) while reducing background noise to a minimum. One, if not 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 Connect 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 on the off-chance that you don’t have any kind of 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 work with your phone. How does it sound? Are you capable of discerning voices clearly? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? These are all the things you should consider when selecting new hearing aids.
Are You Inclined to Wear it?
As mentioned above, hearing aid development has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller nowadays. But there are undoubtedly pros and cons. It is dependant on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and may fit better but a larger one might be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly into your ear canal and is all but 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 side of it, better directionality features and more advanced sound amplification choices are available with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little bit larger.
What Type of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?
Wind interference has been an overwhelming problem for hearing aid users ever since they were invented. Being outside on a windy day with a traditional hearing aid used to mean that you couldn’t hear anything except the wind, which is could drive anyone nuts. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy place, you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations are free from that annoying wind howl. Looking for more information about how to select the right hearing aid? Call us.