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When You’re Buying a Hearing Aid, Here’s What to Think About

Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re probably going to require a hearing aid. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for individuals over 75 this figure increases to 50%. But how can you be sure which model is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best opportunity to combat hearing loss? Advances in technology in recent times have resolved some of the problems usually linked to hearing aids, including an excessive amount of background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But there’s still a good deal you should know when picking a hearing aid to make sure it works with your lifestyle.

Directionality is a Crucial Feature

One crucial feature you should look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid 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 working inside most hearing aids, they either focus in on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound produced by different speakers and sometimes do both.

Can You Use it With Your Phone?

It’s become very clear, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a nation. You probably have some type of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip phone. And for the few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, when you’re testing different hearing aids, you will want to see how they work with your phone. What does it sound like? Do voices sound clear? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.

Are You Inclined to Wear 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 a lot smaller today. But there are definitely pros and cons. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a larger one, so it really depends on your hearing specialist’s suggestion and what you need to accomplish with your hearing aid. 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 almost imperceptibility. On the other hand, better directionality features and more sophisticated sound amplification options 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?

One of the largest issues since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to wearers. It would have driven anyone insane to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing but wind. you live in a windy area or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll need to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at a normal volume and steer clear of the headaches that are associated with hearing aid wind noises. Inform yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Get in touch with us.

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