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Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: at some time in your life, you’re most likely going to need a hearing aid. A report from NIDCD states that approximately a quarter of all individuals from 60 to 75 have some kind of hearing loss, and that figure goes up to 50% for those 75 and older. But how can you be sure which hearing aid is right for you when you realize it’s your best opportunity to combat loss of hearing? Developments in technology in recent times have resolved some of the problems traditionally connected to hearing aids, such as an excessive amount of background noise and vulnerability to water damage. But there’s still a lot you should know when deciding on a hearing aid to be sure it works with your lifestyle.

Directionality is a Key Feature

One essential attribute you should look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the specific noise around you (such as a conversation) while reducing background noise to a minimum. Most hearing aids have different directionality packages, which either focus in on the sound directly in front of you, the sound that’s coming from different speakers, or a combination of both.

Will Your Hearing Aid Connect With Your Phone?

It’s become very clear, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a nation. You most likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip phone. And on the off-chance that you don’t own any kind of cell phone, you most likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you should test how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Are you capable of discerning voices plainly? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity features available? When looking at new hearing aids, you need to consider all of these.

What is The Probability You Would Actually Wear it?

As mentioned above, hearing aid development has advanced tremendously over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are a great deal smaller nowadays. Still, there will always be some trade-offs. A more compact hearing aid might 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 might get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears virtually imperceptibility. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is bigger and might be more obvious, but often have more directionality functions and have more choices for sound amplification.

Exposure to Particular Background Noises

Wind interference has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users ever since they were invented. It would have driven anybody insane to go out on a windy day and hear nothing but the wind. If you’re an outdoors person or you live in a windy place, you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that frustrating wind howl. Educate yourself about the many different hearing aid choices available to you. Call us.

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