Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you will probably require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of individuals from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD study, have hearing loss and for individuals over 75 this figure increases to 50%. But how can you be certain which model is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best opportunity to combat hearing loss? Breakthroughs in technology over the years have fixed some of the problems traditionally connected to hearing aids, like too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But there’s still a lot you need to know when choosing a hearing aid to ensure that it fits your lifestyle.

Directionality is a Key Feature

One crucial attribute you should look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise around you (like a discussion) while reducing background noise to a minimum. One, or both, of two types of directionality systems are working inside most hearing aids, they either focus in on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound coming from different speakers and sometimes do both.

Can You Use it With Your Phone?

It’s become obvious, we’re addicted to our phone as a nation. You probably have some type of cell phone, either a smartphone or an older style cell phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t own 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 connect to your phone. What is the sound like? Do voices sound clear? Does it feel easy to wear? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? These are all the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.

What is The Probability You Would Actually Use it?

As noted above, hearing aid development has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which have trended in the smaller and more comfortable path. Still, there are always going to be some trade-offs. It is dependant 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. The little ones won’t have the features of the larger models and they might get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears almost invisibly. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and might be more noticeable, but often come with more directionality features and provide more choices for sound amplification.

Exposure to Particular Background Noises

One of the biggest concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to wearers. Being outside on a windy day with a traditional hearing aid used to mean that you couldn’t hear anything except the wind, which is could drive anyone nuts. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll want to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can carry on conversations at an average volume and avoid the headaches that are related to hearing aid wind noises. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Give us a call.

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