What to Think About When Buying a Hearing Aid
The numbers don’t lie: you may need hearing aids someday. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have loss of hearing 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 loss of hearing? Breakthroughs in technology through the years have fixed some of the problems traditionally linked to hearing aids, such as too much background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But to make certain your choice of hearing aid is correct for you, there are still things you need to consider.
Pay Attention to Directionality
Directionality is one important function you should look for, which has the capability of keeping background noise to a minimum while focusing on sound you want to hear such as conversations. One, if not 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 coming from different speakers and sometimes do 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, it’s likely you have an old-style cell phone. And on the unlikely event that you don’t have any kind of cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you will want to see how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel comfortable? Is it Bluetooth Ready? When shopping for new hearing aids, you need to take into consideration all of these.
Are You Likely to Use it?
In the past few years, as noted above, the development of hearing aids has vastly improved. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are a great deal smaller today. Still, there are always going to be some trade-offs. It is dependant on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not 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 do fit inside your ears virtually invisibly. On the other end of the spectrum, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and may be more noticeable, but often come with more directionality functions 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. It could have driven anyone insane to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing except the wind. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, you’ll need to find a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can carry on conversations at an average volume and steer clear of the headaches that are associated with hearing aid wind noises. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Give us a call.