Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you might require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD report, have loss of hearing and for people over 75 this number increases to 50%. The best method to deal with age-related hearing loss is to use a hearing aid, but how do you know which model is best for you? Hearing aids used to have issues such as vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern hearing aids have resolved these sorts of issues. But there’s still a great deal you need to know when picking a hearing aid to ensure that it works with your lifestyle.

Directionality is a Crucial Feature

One important attribute you need to pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which has the ability to keep background noise to a minimum while focusing in on sound you want to hear including conversations. One, if not both, of two directionality systems are working 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.

Will Your Hearing Aid Connect With Your Phone?

It’s become very clear, 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 off-chance that you don’t own any type of cell phone, you probably still have a land-line. So, how well hearing aid works with your phone is an important concern when you’re looking at hearing aids. How does it sound? Do voices sound clear? Does it feel easy to wear? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? These are all the things you should take into account when selecting new hearing aids.

Are You Inclined to Wear it?

In the past 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 are a great deal smaller nowadays. 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 may fit better but a larger one may be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly into your ear canal and is basically invisible, but it won’t have many of the functions available in larger hearing aids and will be prone to earwax clogs. On the other side of it, better directionality functions and more sophisticated sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid though it’s a little bit larger.

Exposure to Specific Background Sounds

Wind noise has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users ever since they were invented. It would have driven anyone insane to go out on a breezy day and hear nothing but the wind. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll need to get a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at an average volume and avoid the headaches that are related to hearing aid wind noises. Inform yourself about the many different hearing aid options available to you. Give us a call.

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