The numbers don’t lie: you may require hearing aids eventually. A study from NIDCD states that around 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. The best method to combat age-related loss of hearing is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which type is best for you? Hearing aids used to have issues like susceptibility to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern day hearing aids have resolved these kinds of issues. But there’s still a great deal you need to know when choosing a hearing aid to be sure it fits your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
Directionality is one essential feature you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise near you (such as a discussion) while keeping background sound to a minimum. One, if not both, of two types of directionality systems are operating inside most hearing aids, they either focus on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound produced by 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 country. You more than likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or an older style cell phone. And on the unlikely event that you don’t own any kind of cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you will want to see how they connect to your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity features available? When shopping for new hearing aids, you need to take into account all of these.
Are You Inclined to Wear it?
As noted above, hearing aid development has progressed tremendously over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are a lot smaller today. But there are undoubtedly pros and cons. It depends on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and may fit better but a larger one could be more powerful. The little ones won’t have the features of the larger models and they may get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears almost invisibly. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and may be more noticeable, but often come with more directionality functions and have more options for sound amplification.
Exposure to Specific Background Sounds
Wind interference has been an overwhelming issue for hearing aid users ever since they were developed. Being outside during a windy day with a traditional hearing aid used to mean that you couldn’t hear anything except the wind, which is enough to drive anyone crazy. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations won’t have that frustrating wind howl. Searching for more information about how to select the correct hearing aid? Get in touch with us.