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 about a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some form of hearing loss, and that figure goes up to 50% for people 75 and older. But how can you be certain which model is correct for you when you realize it’s your best opportunity to combat hearing loss? Breakthroughs in technology through the years have corrected some of the problems traditionally associated with hearing aids, including too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to make certain your choice of hearing aid is correct for you, there are still things you need to think about.
Pay Attention to Directionality
One critical feature you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing in on noise you want to hear such as conversations. Most hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus on the noise directly in front of you, the sound that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of both.
Will Your Hearing Aid Interact With Your Phone?
As a nation, we’re addicted to our phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, it’s likely you have an old-style cell phone. And for the few who don’t actually have a cell phone, you likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re testing different hearing aids, you should test how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Is it Comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all of the things you should consider when selecting new hearing aids.
What is The Probability You Would Actually Use it?
As mentioned above, hearing aid technology has progressed by leaps and bounds 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 direction. But there are undoubtedly pros and cons. A more compact hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it mostly depends on your hearing professional’s suggestion and what you want to achieve with your hearing aid. 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 can sometimes be prone to earwax clogs. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and may be more obvious, but often come with more directionality functions and provide more choices for sound amplification.
Exposure to Specific Background Sounds
One of the largest issues since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the chaos it causes to users. It would have driven anyone nuts to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing except the wind. you live in a windy area or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations are free from that frustrating wind howl. Looking for more information about how to choose the correct hearing aid? Call us.