Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you will probably require hearing aids someday. A quarter of all people from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD study, have hearing loss and for individuals over 75 this figure increases to 50%. The best way to fight age-related hearing loss is to wear a hearing aid, but how can you be sure which type is the right one for you? Hearing aids used to have issues like susceptibility to water damage and excessive background noise but modern hearing aids have resolved 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.

Look Closely at Directionality

Directionality is one key feature you should look for, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the particular noise near you (like a conversation) while keeping background noise to a minimum. One, if not both, of two types of 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?

It’s become very clear, we’re addicted to our phone as a nation. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, chances are you have an old-style cell phone. And on the unlikely event that you don’t have any type of cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an important concern when you’re shopping for hearing aids. What does it sound like? Do voices sound sharp? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection features available? These are all of the things you should consider when looking at new hearing aids.

Are You Likely to Wear it?

In the past few years, as noted above, the development 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. But there are certainly pros and cons. It depends on what your specific needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and may fit better but a larger one may 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 hand, better directionality functions and more advanced sound amplification choices are available with a behind the ear hearing aid though it’s a little larger.

What Kind of Background Sound Will You be Exposed to?

One of the largest problems since the advent of hearing aid technology has been wind noise and the havoc it causes to wearers. Being outside on a windy day with a traditional hearing aid once meant that you couldn’t hear anything except the wind, which is could drive anyone insane. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor person so you’ll want to find a hearing aid that suppresses wind noise so you can have conversations at an average volume and steer clear of the headaches that are linked to hearing aid wind noises. Searching for more information about how to pick the right hearing aid? Call us.

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