Hearing Health Blog

Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you may require hearing aids someday. A quarter of all people from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing and for individuals over 75 this number increases to 50%. But how can you be certain which model is right for you when you recognize it’s your best chance of combating loss of hearing? Advances in technology over the years have corrected some of the issues usually connected to hearing aids, such as an excessive amount of background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to make sure your choice of hearing aid is correct for you, there are still things you need to think about.

Directionality is a Key Feature

Directionality is one crucial function you should look for, which has the ability to keep background noise to a minimum while focusing on noise you want to hear including conversations. Many hearing aids have different directionality packages, which either focus in on the noise right 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 cell phones. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have a flip phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t have any kind of cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an essential consideration when you’re looking at hearing aids. What does it sound like? Do voices sound clear? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? These are all the things you should consider when looking at new hearing aids.

Are You Likely to Use it?

As noted above, hearing aid development has advanced 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 today. But there are undoubtedly 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 may be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits right 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, better directionality features and more advanced sound amplification choices are available with a behind the ear hearing aid though it’s a little bit larger.

What Kind of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?

One of the most significant concerns since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to wearers. It would have driven anyone nuts to go outside on a windy day and hear nothing but the wind. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll need to find a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can carry on conversations at a normal volume and avoid the headaches that are associated with hearing aid wind noises. Inform yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Call us.

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