Choosing hearing aids is something that can be a little tricky, as there are so many different elements of hearing aids to consider. You need to think about the kind of device that you want to use, as well as the features that the device can offer you. If you have never had hearing aids before, then the different ranges and features need to be understood to know how they will benefit you.
To a certain extent, choosing the right kind of device and features are always going to be subjective. However, there are some great features of hearing aids that are definitely going to be worth considering when looking at which hearing aids to choose and which will give you the overall best experience. They can be worth discussing with your audiologist too. Here are some of the hearing aid features to think about.
Automatic Noise Detection and Reduction
The feature of automatic noise detection and automatic reduction is something that is common in a lot of different kinds of hearing aids. It is likely to be present in the majority of hearing aids that your audiologist will show you. Looking for hearing aids that have automatic noise detection and automatic noise reduction is something that can make a big difference to your overall experience of using your hearing aid. But why is this feature such an important one?
Automatic noise detection is something that helps to reduce any background noise, which allows you to focus more directly on the important sounds around you, such as conversations, rather than having to listen to background noise that isn’t the focus at that moment. This is helpful for those new to using hearing aids, so that there isn’t a feeling of being overwhelmed with noise.
Direct Audio Input
If you will be continuing to listen to music when you use your hearing aids, then being able to make the most of it will help. Looking for hearing aids with direct audio input can be a really good idea. This is because direct audio input will allow music to be heard directly through your hearing aid, rather than having to wear headphones or earplugs. This means that when music is playing, only the music will be heard, rather than your hearing aid also picking up other sounds, such as speech or other external noise. With direct audio input, the music you listen to will be clearer and make for a much better experience overall.
If you are someone who experiences tinnitus as well as hearing loss, then this is a feature that you should look out for in hearing aids. With tinnitus you will often hear noises that aren’t necessarily there, such as ringing sounds or whistling. With tinnitus masking on a hearing aid, it can play white noise. This will help to mask different suns that you hear, because of the tinnitus, which can deplete the intensity of the sounds. It can be such a help for people who experience tinnitus, so definitely a feature of hearing aids to consider if you experience tinnitus along with hearing loss.
Nearly all hearing aids mean that you are likely to experience problems with noises like wind, when they are being used outdoors. With a wind reduction feature, this can be reduced to make your hearing aids work much more effectively and can mean that when you are outdoors, it is much more pleasant. If you enjoy being outdoors a lot or have a job that means you spend a lot of time outdoors, this feature of wind reduction in hearing aids could definitely be a good feature for you to consider.
There are so many different features to consider when it comes to hearing aids. In order to find the ideal fit for you with the features that will best suit your lifestyle, personal preferences on fit and your profession, then talking about your needs with your audiologist will be best. Working together, you will be able to find the hearing aids that are going to suit you best and it will make hearing aids simple and easy to fit into your life.
Get in Contact to Find Out More
If you are interested in finding out more about hearing aids or learn more about us at Valley Hearing Center, then get in touch with us today. Give us a call at 831-240-4162 to make an appointment with our audiologists. We look forward to hearing from you.