Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re most likely going to need a hearing aid. A report from NIDCD states that approximately a quarter of all people from 60 to 75 have some form of loss of hearing, and that figure goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. But how can you be certain which hearing aid is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best chance of combating loss of hearing? Hearing aids at one time had problems including vulnerability to water damage and excessive background noise but modern hearing aids have solved these types of problems. But there’s still a great deal you need to know when selecting a hearing aid to be certain it fits your lifestyle.

Pay Attention to Directionality

One crucial attribute you should look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the particular noise near you (such as a discussion) while reducing background noise to a minimum. One, or both, of two directionality systems are functioning 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 cellphone as a country. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have a flip phone. And for those few who don’t actually have a cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an essential consideration when you’re shopping for hearing aids. How does it sound? Are you able to discern voices precisely? Is it Comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? These are all of the things you should consider when looking at new hearing aids.

What is The Probability You Would Actually Use it?

In the last few years, as noted above, the technology of hearing aids has significantly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which have moved towards the smaller and more comfortable direction. However, there are always going to be some trade-offs. A more compact hearing aid might not be as powerful as a larger one, so it mostly depends on your hearing professional’s recommendation and what you want to achieve with your hearing aid. You can get a hearing aid that fits right in 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 end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and might be more obvious, but often come with more directionality features and have more choices for sound amplification.

What Type of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?

One of the leading concerns since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the chaos it causes to wearers. It could have driven anybody insane to go outside on a windy day and hear nothing except wind. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, 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 associated with hearing aid wind noises. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Get in touch with us.

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