When you’re experiencing a degree of hearing loss, you suddenly have to make a number of important decisions, including which type of hearing aid to use. With hundreds of options available, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you. Which hearing aid will help you catch every one of your grandchild’s giggles? Which one will allow you to follow a conversation in the middle of a noisy restaurant? Which one is ideal for an active lifestyle?
On your own, it can be difficult answering these questions. Thankfully, you can rely on an audiologist and hearing aid specialist to narrow down your choices. But there are a few things you can do to make their job easier. For example, you should consider how the way you live can influence your choice of hearing aids.
Here are some lifestyle factors to keep in mind when choosing a hearing aid:
If you’re not retired, you’ll need to consider how your hearing affects your job performance. If you cannot afford to take off your hearing aids at any point while you’re working, you’ll need to find a hearing aid with good battery life. Also, give some thought to the style of the hearing aid. When you’re working a customer-facing job, you’ll want to look presentable and not wear something that distracts from what you’re saying. Thankfully, many modern hearing aids are stylish and discreet.
Whether you frequently call friends and family or need a convenient solution that lets you stream your favorite movies and TV shows with ease, technology usage is another lifestyle factor — especially in this day and age — that influences your hearing aid purchase. People who consider themselves “techies” or something close to this should consider hearing aid styles with Bluetooth capabilities that connect to their phone or investing in devices that let their hearing aids link right to their television.
Believe it or not, where you live can affect the way you wear hearing aids. These devices are susceptible to changes in the climate, especially in places with high humidity. It may be in your best interest to invest in moisture-resistant hearing aids powered by lithium ion batteries and a charger with better drying options.
Do you spend most of your time in the comfort of your living room and the quiet of a coffee shop, or do you frequent restaurants, bars, and concerts? The level of background noise you experience on a regular basis greatly affects the hearing aid you should wear. Some hearing aids are designed to automatically filter out background sounds in your listening environment so that you can focus better. If you enjoy busy environments, these are the kinds of hearing aids you should look at.
If you’re also active, constantly on the move, you’ll want to select a hearing aid model that is durable and resistant to moisture. These devices should also provide noise and feedback reduction capabilities to control wind noise and sudden bursts of sound so that you can ski, rock climb, sail, run, or golf in peace.
If you’re still unsure which hearing aids will fit your lifestyle and help your type of hearing loss, you can speak with your audiologist and hearing aid specialist. They will help you through the finer details of choosing a hearing aid and support you through every step of the fine-tuning process.