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Hearing Aid Selection

When determining the best hearing aid for your needs, seeking an audiologist will help you during the selection process. Not only can they help you choose the right device to meet your hearing needs, they can also help you better understand the latest and greatest technology available on the market.

Here, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the features your hearing aid can be equipped with and which ones are the most advanced. Your audiologist will ensure you select the right device for your level of hearing loss and the right features to tailor it to your specific needs.

Wireless functionality

Bluetooth technology has become more widely available and allows different devices to wirelessly connect to one another without the need for a shared internet connection. A hearing aid can be equipped with this technology, making it easier to connect it directly to a range of digital devices inside and outside of the home.

These features allow you to connect to modern TVs, smartphones and speakers. The benefit is that this allows you to hear the audio output directly from the hearing aid itself rather than having to amplify the sound waves in the air. The Bluetooth functionality even allows you to use smartphone and tablet apps to adjust your settings and set programming profiles on certain devices. This can be a very useful feature for those who don’t have as much manual dexterity or may have a smaller device with harder-to-reach manual controls.

Directional microphones

Effective noise amplification is the least you should expect from any decent hearing aid, but there are features that can sharpen your hearing and help you focus on different sounds. The directional microphone makes it much easier to specifically amplify certain sounds, like conversations.

By directing the receiver, you can amplify noises from one direction in particular, while reducing the noise from other sources. If you want a device that makes it easier to focus on conversations with individuals or you work and live in crowded environments that can sometimes make it difficult to focus on specific sounds, this might be the feature for you.

Noise reduction

Another feature that allows you to sharpen your hearing rather than simply amplify it. Some hearing aids are particularly susceptible to some sources of noise. Wind is a frequent problem that can get in the way of amplification, so wind reduction is a feature that’s easily recommended for those that might spend a lot of time outdoors.

Feedback is another common issue that occurs when the receiver and mic are too close together, creating a piercing noise that can be quite uncomfortable. Feedback reduction features stop that from happening, making your hearing aid a lot more convenient to use.

Programmable profile memorization

The vast majority of hearing aid devices come with the function that allows you to program them as you see fit. This can help you find the right sound amplification settings based on the environment you spend a lot of time in. But what if you spend time in different environments with different noise levels? Adjusting them manually each time can quickly become a hassle.

There are hearing aids that allow you to set and save different programming profiles. This way, you can quickly switch between one profile of settings for quieter indoor environments to another profile that you have already made for noisier outdoor settings, saving time and keeping things more convenient.

Binaural synchronization

If you wear two devices, then you might also have to cope with double the effort to keep them both working as well as you would like. This means having to maintain and clean both, as well as having to program and adjust both. Binaural synchronization, also known as ear-to-ear connectivity, takes some of the work off your hands.

This allows both your hearing aids to communicate with one another. So, when you program your preferred settings profile on one of the devices, the other device connects to it and mimics those settings. It can also help you fine-tune noise management and directional microphone settings so that both devices are better able to localize noise and mimic organic hearing as best as possible.

Your audiologist is going to be able to provide plenty of help during the hearing aid selection process to narrow down your options. However, a little research on your own and getting familiar with the different features can make it a lot easier to understand your own needs and what options are out there to help you meet them. Cosmetic Hearing Solutions can help every step of the way, so let us know what you need and arrange a consultation by calling (571) 312-7345 today.