The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re more than likely going to need a hearing aid. A study from NIDCD states that around a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some kind of hearing loss, and that figure jumps up to 50% for people 75 and older. The best means to deal with age-related loss of hearing is to wear a hearing aid, but how can you discover which type is best for you? Advancements in technology through the years have resolved some of the problems generally linked to hearing aids, like an excessive amount of background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But there’s still a good deal you need to know when picking out a hearing aid to make sure it works with your lifestyle.
Directionality is a Key Feature
Directionality is one key feature you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the specific noise near you (such as a conversation) while reducing background sound to a minimum. Many 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 combination of both.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
As a nation, we’re addicted to our phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have a flip phone. And for those few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re testing different hearing aids, you will want to see how they connect to your phone. How does it sound? Are you capable of discerning voices clearly? Does it feel easy to wear? Is it Bluetooth Ready? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.
What is The Likelihood You Would Actually Use it?
In the past few years, as mentioned above, the development of hearing aids has significantly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller today. Still, there will always be some trade-offs. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it really depends on your hearing professional’s suggestion and what you need 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 will be prone to earwax clogs. On the other side of it, better directionality functions and more advanced sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little bit larger.
What Kind of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?
One of the largest problems since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to wearers. It could have driven anybody insane to go out on a breezy day and hear nothing except the 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 aggravating wind howl. Looking for more information about how to select the correct hearing aid? Call us.