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Best Hearing Aids

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Your hearing aid is one of the most essential gadgets in your day-to-day life. While it seems like a small piece of tech, it has a significant influence over your life, and it allows you to reconnect with your loved ones, enjoy social situations again, and you can also enjoy the natural world in all of its glory.

However, choosing the right hearing aid can be pretty tricky, and if you want to reap the benefits of them, you need to ensure that you have the best one on the market. We’ve put together some simple tips so that you can get the best hearing aid for your needs!

Hearing aid styles

There are many different styles of hearing aids out there, and as your audiologist will tell you, they are continually changing due to advancements in technology. Now, you can get hearing aids that come in multiple styles, from larger and equipped with advanced technology, to small and discreet. Consider the most common styles on the market:

  • Behind the ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids sit behind your ear and come in a plethora of shades and sizes, including a mini version. These devices are comfortable for individuals seeking a more “open” fitting hearing aid and are suitable for mild-to-profound hearing loss. Because of their size and style, they are also able to be equipped with numerous features, allowing you complete customization.
  • In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids rest in the outer ear bowl and can be fit with a full or half shell, depending on your needs and preferences. They fall in the middle of device sizing and can still be equipped with a host of features. These devices are ideal for mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.
  • In the canal (ITC): ITC hearing aids are the smallest of the three main categories and sit in the ear canal. This allows them to be the most private of all the hearing aid options; however, because of their smaller size, they may be difficult to handle if you have dexterity issues. These devices are recommended for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

What features do I need?

  • A telecoil: If you’re somebody who is always out and about, you’ll want to make sure that you can listen in when there are talks on at museums, concerts, and other venues. Sure, a regular hearing aid can help you here, but a telecoil is really useful, as it allows you to tune your hearing aid in with the microphones from these venues. Look into the options that you have when it comes to this useful feature.
  • Bluetooth technology: While this is a relatively new feature, many hearing aids now come with Bluetooth technology so that you can pair your hearing aid with the devices in your home, and listen directly to the sounds from television shows, radio, and other platforms such as computers and phones. This can cost you a little more than regular hearing aids, but it can prove to be a useful feature if you often listen to the TV and radio, so speak to your audiologist about this.
  • Directional microphones: A lot of the time, people who wear hearing aids have difficulty with sounds in a particular environment, such as those places where there is a lot of noise, and every sound seems to be amplified. Luckily, those hearing aids with directional microphones allow you to focus on specific places and subsequently hear those around you more efficiently. This is also a feature that you can turn off, so you don’t always have to direct your microphone somewhere.
  • Feedback cancellation: Many forms of technology experience feedback when close to a telephone, and this can be the same for hearing aids. Feedback cancellation is vital for all hearing aid users, so speak to your audiologist to find those hearing devices with the best feedback suppression and cancellation, especially if you need your hearing aid when you use your mobile phone.
  • Batteries: Rechargeable batteries are also of interest to most wearers, and those hearing aids with rechargeable batteries are undoubtedly better if you want to save some cash, and cut out unnecessary shopping and audiologist visits.

So, there are many things to think about if you want to make sure that you get the best hearing aid possible, and you should consider style, and the features that they boast. If you want to get more help with this from an audiologist, call Listen Hear Diagnostics on (347) 450-9872.