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Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you might need hearing aids eventually. A report from NIDCD estimates that about a quarter of all people between the ages of 60 and 75 have some form of loss of hearing, and that figure jumps up to 50% for people 75 and older. But how can you be sure which model is correct for you when you recognize it’s your best chance of combating hearing loss? Hearing aids at one time had problems such as susceptibility to water damage and excessive background noise but cutting-edge hearing aids have resolved these kinds of issues. But to make sure your choice of hearing aid is correct for you, there are still things you need to consider.

Pay Attention to Directionality

Directionality is one essential feature you should look for, which is the ability for your hearing aid to focus on the specific noise near you (such as a conversation) while reducing background sound to a minimum. Many hearing aids have different directionality packages, which either focus on the noise directly 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 apparent, we’re addicted to our phone as a nation. 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 most likely still have a land-line. So, the way your hearing aid works with your phone is an essential concern when you’re looking at hearing aids. How does it sound? Are you able to discern voices plainly? Does it feel comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connection options available? These are all of the things you should take into consideration 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 vastly 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 undoubtedly pros and cons. A smaller hearing aid might not be as powerful as a larger one, so it really depends on your hearing specialist’s suggestion 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 do fit inside your ears virtually invisibly. On the other side of it, better directionality features and more advanced sound amplification options come with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little larger.

What Kind of Background Noise Will You be Exposed to?

Wind noise has been an extreme difficulty for hearing aid users since they were developed. It would have driven anybody insane to go outside on a windy day and hear nothing except the wind. you live in a windy place or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll want 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. Searching for more information about how to pick the right hearing aid? Call us.