The numbers don’t lie: you may need hearing aids someday. A report from NIDCD states that approximately a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some kind of loss of hearing, and that number goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. The best method to combat age-related loss of hearing is to use a hearing aid, but how can you be sure which type is best for you? Hearing aids used to have problems such as vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern hearing aids have resolved these sorts of problems. But there’s still a great deal you need to know when picking a hearing aid to make sure it fits your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
One crucial feature you need to pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the specific noise around you (such as a discussion) while keeping background noise to a minimum. Most hearing aids have different directionality systems, 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.
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 a flip phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t have any kind of cell phone, you most 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? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? When shopping for new hearing aids, you need to take into consideration all of these.
What is The Probability You Would Actually Wear it?
As mentioned above, hearing aid development has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are much smaller nowadays. Still, there are always going to be some trade-offs. It depends on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid isn’t as obvious and might fit better but a larger one may 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 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 larger and might be more noticeable, but often have more directionality functions and have more options for sound amplification.
What Kind of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?
One of the largest concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the chaos it causes to users. It would have driven anyone insane 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 control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that annoying wind howl. Looking for more information about how to pick the right hearing aid? Call us.