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4 Hearing Aid Features to Consider
Choosing the right hearing aid can be difficult. There are many things to consider. From the features it offers to the type. It can be a little confusing to start with, especially if you haven’t purchased one before.
So, when looking for the right hearing aids for you, make sure you consider these four features:
Automatic Noise Reduction
This a very common feature on hearing aids, and it will most likely be on each hearing aid type including in the ear (ITE), in the canal (ITC) and behind the ear (BTE) that your hearing instrument specialist shows you. But, you will definitely want to make sure automatic noise reduction is present in the device you do choose. It can make a huge difference to your experience of using your hearing aids.
Automatic noise detection is able to help reduce the background noise, which enables you to focus more on conversation and important sounds instead of being overcrowded with unimportant noises. It provides an ease of use that no user will want to be without.
Direct Audio Input
If you still want to make the most out of your music-listening experience that you would usually get from wearing headphones. The feature enables music to be played directly into the hearing aid, instead of just being played in the general area and your hearing aid picking up as general noise, speech, or sounds. The direct input allows for better clarity of music, giving you a better experience.
This feature only applies to those with tinnitus, however, given that tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand-in-hand, it’s still worth considering. Tinnitus is a condition that causes someone to continually hear noises that aren’t there, like whistling, ringing, or beeping sounds.
A tinnitus masker can be built into your hearing aid. These devices will usually play white noise. It can help to mask the sounds that you hear due to tinnitus, or at a minimum, diminish their intensity. If you experience tinnitus, this useful feature is something you will want to ensure your hearing aid has.
Almost every hearing aid type will have some problems with wind noise when being used outdoors. But, this not something that you should have to deal with. Wind reduction features are incredibly effective, they can make the experience of being outdoor much more pleasant. If you have struggled with outdoor interference or enjoy an active lifestyle, this feature something you should consider.
These four features are just the start when it comes to what your hearing aids can offer you. To make sure you find the perfect hearing aid for you, It is essential for you to discuss your purchase with your hearing instrument specialist. With their expertise and your knowledge of the above features, you should ensure you are able to find the right hearing aids for your lifestyle.