When You’re Purchasing a Hearing Aid, Here’s What to Consider

Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you might need hearing aids someday. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD report, have hearing loss and for individuals over 75 this figure increases to 50%. The best way to combat age-related hearing loss is to use a hearing aid, but how can you discover which style is best for you? Developments in technology in recent times have corrected some of the issues traditionally connected to hearing aids, like an excessive amount of background noise and susceptibility to water damage. But there’s still a lot you need to know when choosing a hearing aid to make sure it fits your lifestyle.

Directionality is a Crucial Feature

Directionality is one key feature you should look for, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the specific noise around you (such as a conversation) while reducing background noise to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality systems, which either focus on the sound right in front of you, the sound that’s coming from different speakers, or a mix of 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, it’s likely you have a flip phone. And for the few who don’t actually have a cell phone, you likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you should test how they work with your phone. What does it sound like? Do voices sound clear? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity options available? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to take into account all of these.

What is The Probability You Would Actually Use it?

In the last 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 much smaller today. Still, 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 really depends on your hearing professional’s recommendation and what you want to achieve with your hearing aid. The little models won’t have the features of the larger models and they could get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears nearly invisibly. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and might be more noticeable, but often have more directionality functions and provide more choices for sound amplification.

Exposure to Particular Background Noises

Wind noise has been an extreme issue for hearing aid users ever since they were invented. It could have driven anybody crazy to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing but 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 linked 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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