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 around a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some form of hearing loss, and that number jumps up to 50% for those 75 and older. The best way to combat age-related hearing loss is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which type is the right one for you? Hearing aids at one time had issues like vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern day hearing aids have solved these sorts of issues. But to ensure that your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to think about.
Pay Attention to Directionality
Directionality is one key function you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise near you (like a discussion) while reducing background noise to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality packages, which either focus on the noise directly in front of you, the speech that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of those two.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
It’s become very clear, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a country. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, it’s likely you have an old-style cell phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t own any type of cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, how well hearing aid works with your phone is an important consideration when you’re shopping for hearing aids. What is the sound like? Do voices sound clear? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.
What is The Likelihood You Would Actually Wear it?
As noted above, hearing aid development has progressed tremendously over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which have moved towards the smaller and more comfortable path. But there are definitely pros and cons. It is dependant on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid isn’t 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 basically invisible, but it won’t have many of the features available in larger hearing aids and can sometimes be prone to earwax clogs. On the other side of it, better directionality features and more advanced 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 leading concerns since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the havoc it wreaks on wearers. It could have driven anyone nuts to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing except wind. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy place, you’ll want to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at a normal volume and avoid the headaches that are linked to hearing aid wind noises. Searching for more information about how to choose the correct hearing aid? Give us a call.