The numbers don’t lie: you will probably need hearing aids someday. A quarter of individuals from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for people over 75 this number increases to 50%. But how can you be sure which model is correct for you when you realize it’s your best chance of combating hearing loss? Advances in technology through the years have resolved some of the issues traditionally connected to hearing aids, like too much background noise and susceptibility to water damage. But there’s still a great deal you need to know when choosing a hearing aid to be sure it works with your lifestyle.
Pay Attention to Directionality
Directionality is one important function you should look for, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing on noise you want to hear including conversations. One, if not both, of two 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?
As a country, we’re addicted to our cell phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have an old-style cell phone. And for the few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you should test how they work with your phone. What does it sound like? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel easy to wear? Is it Bluetooth Ready? When looking at new hearing aids, you should take into consideration all of these.
Are You Inclined to Use it?
In the last few years, as noted 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. It depends on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid isn’t as obvious and might fit better but a larger one could be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits right into your ear canal and is basically 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, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and might be more obvious, but often have more directionality features and provide more choices for sound amplification.
What Type of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?
One of the biggest concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the chaos it wreaks on wearers. It would have driven anybody crazy to go out on a windy 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 suppress wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations are free from that annoying wind howl. Educate yourself about the many hearing aid options available to you. Get in touch with us.