The numbers don’t lie: you might need hearing aids eventually. A study from NIDCD states that around a quarter of all individuals between the ages of 60 and 75 have some kind of loss of hearing, and that figure goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. The best means to deal with age-related loss of hearing is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which model is the right one for you? Hearing aids used to have problems including susceptibility to water damage and excessive background noise but modern day hearing aids have solved these kinds of issues. But to make certain your choice of hearing aid is correct for you, there are still things you need to think about.
Directionality is a Crucial Feature
One important attribute you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the particular noise near you (like a conversation) while keeping background noise to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus on the sound directly in front of you, the speech that’s coming from different speakers, or a combination of both.
Will Your Hearing Aid Interact 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 an old-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, how well hearing aid works with your phone is an essential concern when you’re looking at hearing aids. What does it sound like? Are you able to discern voices clearly? Is it Comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.
Are You Inclined to Use it?
In the last 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 a lot smaller nowadays. However, there are always going to be some trade-offs. A more compact hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it really depends on your hearing professional’s suggestion and what you want to accomplish 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 features available in larger hearing aids and will be prone to earwax clogs. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and may be more obvious, but often come with more directionality features and have more options for sound amplification.
Exposure to Particular Background Sounds
Wind interference has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users since they were invented. Being outside during a windy day with a traditional hearing aid once meant that you couldn’t hear anything but the wind, which is could drive anyone insane. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to suppress wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations are free from that irritating wind howl. Educate yourself about the many hearing aid options available to you. Call us.