What Hearing Aid Features Should You Consider?

What Hearing Aid Features Should You Consider?

When you find out that you need hearing aids from an audiologist, you will likely be quite shocked. It’s possible that you won’t even take in all the information that is provided by this professional. The good news is that an audiologist will tell you there is a range of possibilities when choosing your hearing aids. This means that you can find the perfect device for your needs. One of the most important decisions is choosing the tech that you want. With so many different features available it’s hard to know which one is the right choice for you. So, let’s look at some of the options here.

Noise reduction

Noise reduction is a useful feature if you are constantly in loud environments where you need to focus your hearing to listen to one person speaking. As such, it could be useful for people like teachers or even business managers. Noise reduction is an advanced feature and can usually be switched on or off depending on the environment you are in and the preferences you have. With noise reduction, it feels like your hearing is being focused rather than the sound actually being diminished around you.

Bluetooth connectivity

You might also want to think about getting hearing aids that can connect through Bluetooth. With Bluetooth connectivity, you will be able to connect your hearing aids to a wide range of devices around your home and in your life. This could include your phone, your TV, tablet or computer. The benefit of this is that the sound from these devices can then be transmitted directly into your ear. Bluetooth connected hearing aids can also typically connect with one another to provide the absolute optimum listening experience.

Noise masking

It’s quite possible that your hearing loss is accompanied by a condition known as tinnitus. Tinnitus causes you to hear sounds that are not actually there and this can be anything. It could be a small piece of music or it might even be something like a whistling, whirring or buzzing. This can be annoying and lead to problems like a lack of sleep. Your audiologist will talk you through some of the options here including noise masking hearing aids. These devices will allow you to cover the noise that you can hear with something more pleasant such as white or pink noise.

Different settings

Finally, you might want to think about getting hearing aids that have a memory system. With a memory system, you will be able to record different settings and create what is basically a profile for various environments. Modern hearing aids often allow you to store and switch between multiple profiles. Some even do this automatically depending on the level and type of noise that you are currently around. While a feature like this can be expensive it’s very useful. It makes using a hearing aid far more flexible and ensures that it will always provide the support that you need.

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