Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: at some point in your life, you’re more than likely going to require a hearing aid. A study from NIDCD states that about a quarter of all people from 60 to 75 have some form of loss of hearing, and that number goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. But how can you be sure which hearing aid is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best opportunity to combat loss of hearing? Hearing aids at one time had issues such as vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but cutting-edge hearing aids have solved these sorts of problems. But to ensure that your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to think about.

Directionality is a Crucial Feature

One critical attribute you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the specific noise around you (like a conversation) while reducing background sound to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus on the noise directly in front of you, the sound that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of those two.

Will Your Hearing Aid Connect With Your Phone?

It’s become apparent, we’re addicted to our phone as a country. You most likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip phone. And for those few who don’t actually own a cell phone, you 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? Do voices sound sharp? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity features available? These are all of the things you should take into account when looking at new hearing aids.

What is The Probability You Would Actually Wear it?

As mentioned 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 a lot smaller today. But there are certainly pros and cons. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it mostly depends on your hearing specialist’s suggestion and what you want to accomplish with your hearing aid. The little models 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 side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and might be more obvious, but often come with more directionality features and provide more choices for sound amplification.

What Kind of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?

Wind interference has been an extreme problem for hearing aid users ever since they were developed. Being outside during a windy day with a traditional hearing aid once meant that you couldn’t hear anything but the wind, which is enough to drive anyone crazy. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy place, you’ll need to find a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at a normal volume and steer clear of the headaches that are related to hearing aid wind noises. Looking for more information about how to select the correct hearing aid? Give us a call.

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