What Hearing Aid Features Should You Consider?
When you are sitting with a hearing health professional, they will be happy to walk you through all the features of the hearing aids that you are interested in. Choosing a hearing aid is not an easy task, especially when you are overwhelmed with all the choices that are possible. There is a lot to consider and it can be confusing trying to compare all the types. Choosing the right device for hearing loss is always going to be subjective, but there are still features to consider before you choose your hearing aids. So, what are the features you should think about when you are choosing hearing devices?
Noise detection and reduction
One thing that most hearing aids have in common is that they offer noise reduction features. Your hearing health professional is going to be able to confirm with you which brands and types have the best noise reduction qualities. You need to ensure that noise reduction features in your hearing aid choice because it can make a huge difference to your experience of background noise. One of the things that those with hearing loss notice the most, is that they cannot hear much in the way of background noise. Automatic noise detection is able to reduce background noise.
Direct audio input
Some people love to continue to listen to their music and movies as much as possible and if you are one of those people then you’ll love direct audio input. It allows sound and music to be ‘piped’ directly into your hearing aid, which can enhance the experience or you. This allows for much better clarity and an overall better experience.
As the hearing aid that you wear sits in or on the ear, there will be times that it’s going to experience issues with wind noise when using it outdoors. You can’t just leave it indoors, though, so you need to consider a hearing aid that has wind reduction features. If you have experienced issues with wind in the past, you can choose a device that allows that to continue, while minimizing the rushing winds that interrupt your hearing experience.
Of course, hearing aids have far more to offer than the four salient points above. There is so many to choose from and the options won’t suit everyone at any one time. However, with careful research and conversation with your hearing health professional, you can find the best hearing aid for you.
Please answer the question below to the best of your ability. After you choose your answer, the next question will appear. At the end of the survey, you will be provided with a score, and you may send this score to us so we may discuss any hearing loss issues you are having.
Are there situations in which you find it difficult to hear clearly?
Do you have to strain to understand conversations?
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
Do you have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
Do you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a restaurant or a group gathering?
Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
Do family members or coworkers remark about you missing what has been said?
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
Do you find it hard to hear someone when they talk in a soft voice or whisper?
Do you find understanding women and children particularly challenging?
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