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Hearing Aid Features to Consider

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If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, the next step will be to get hearing aids. Your audiologist can recommend numerous options to you based on your level and type of hearing loss. However, it’s important to be aware that there are quite a few different varieties of hearing aids on the market. You need to make sure that you are choosing the right type for you. To do this, we recommend that you explore the different features available. This can impact your experience and some features will deliver fantastic benefits. 

Noise Reduction

As the name suggests, this feature will mean that noise is reduced in certain environments. This means that you will be able to hear someone talking to you far more easily. It can be useful in crowded locations and similar areas. Some hearing aids also provide wind noise reduction too which can be great if you are having a conversation with someone outside. Usually, this is a feature that you can turn on or off depending on your requirements. 

Directional Microphones 

Directional microphones are designed to ensure that you can hear noises from a certain direction more clearly. These will be aligned with the hearing aids and ensure that you don’t miss crucial sounds. Some hearing aids may focus on a certain direction. Other direction mics will improve your ability to hear in an environment with a lot of background noise. In this way, they can operate similar to noise reduction technology. Again, this is usually a setting that you can turn on or off. You should ask your audiologist about this specific possibility. 

Rechargeable Batteries

You might assume that these days all hearing aids use rechargeable batteries. However, this is not the case. There are various hearing aids on the market that are designed with batteries that you will need to replace over time.

The main benefit of rechargeable batteries is that you won’t need to constantly buy new replacement batteries. You should check how long the batteries you are using will hold a charge. You should also make sure that you always have a set charged. That way, you won’t have to worry about doing without hearing aids at a key moment. 

Bluetooth Technology

Some modern hearing aids do provide Bluetooth technology built into the device. This means that you can connect your hearing aid wirelessly to a range of different tech devices. These days, most tech devices from your computer to your TV and phone will have Bluetooth capabilities. As such, it does make sense to take advantage of an option like this. Ultimately, it means that you can connect the sound directly to your hearing aid. This is another great way of dealing with background noise when you are taking a phone call or watching TV. 

Some hearing aids also use infrared technology which works in the same way, but you may need to be nearer to the device that you are connected to. Other hearing aids provide a direct audio input. This means that you can still connect to other tech devices. However, you will need to make sure that you connect with a wire. This provides the same benefit but is far less convenient, particularly for a device such as a TV. 

Different Programs

Some hearing aids have memories built in. This means that you can set different programs which you will immediately be able to start up as soon as you need them. Ultimately, this means that you can quickly adapt your hearing aids to work in a particular way based on the environment that you are currently in. This means that you can adapt your hearing aid based on your individual requirements at any given point. 

Remote Controls

Finally, you can get hearing aids that come with fully operational remote controls. A remote control means that you can easily adjust features without ever needing to touch the hearing aid. This is a great way to make using your hearing aid more convenient. Using controls like this saves you from trying to navigate tiny buttons that you will often need to press numerous times for a particular setting. Instead, it keeps things simple enough that you can change your settings in a matter of seconds. Some also work through an app that you can access on your phone. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the different hearing aid features that you should consider and keep in mind. If you are interested in learning more contact Hearing & Balance Specialist of Illinois at 775-336-0211.