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Woman considering buying hearing aids.

The numbers don’t lie: you may require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of all people from 60 to 75, according to an NIDCD report, have loss of hearing and for individuals over 75 this figure increases to 50%. 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 used to have problems such as vulnerability to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern hearing aids have resolved these kinds of problems. But to ensure your choice of hearing aid is right for you, there are still things you need to consider.

Directionality is a Crucial Feature

One critical feature you need to look for in a hearing aid is directionality, which has the ability to keep background noise down while focusing in on noise you want to hear like conversations. One, or both, of two types of directionality systems are operating 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 obvious, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a nation. You probably have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or a flip phone. And for the few who don’t actually have a cell phone, you 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. What does it sound like? Do voices sound clear? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity options available? These are all of the things you should consider when selecting new hearing aids.

What is The Likelihood You Would Actually Wear it?

In the last 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 trended in the smaller and more comfortable path. Still, there will always be some trade-offs. A smaller hearing aid may not be as powerful as a bigger one, so it really depends on your hearing specialist’s recommendation and what you need to achieve with your hearing aid. The little models won’t have the features of the larger models and they may get clogged with earwax but they fit inside your ears almost invisibly. On the other side of it, better directionality features and more sophisticated sound amplification choices are available with a behind the ear hearing aid even though it’s a little bit larger.

Exposure to Specific Background Noises

Wind interference has been an extreme issue for hearing aid users ever since they were developed. It would have driven anyone nuts to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing except wind. you live in a windy area or if you’re an outdoor kind of person so you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid choice so that conversations won’t have that aggravating wind howl. Searching for more information about how to choose the correct hearing aid? Call us.

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