Cary Audiology Associates

Hearing Aid Styles

Choosing a hearing aid is never an easy task. There’s so much to consider, from the type of device to the features that it offers. This can make the purchasing process rather confusing, especially if you have never bought a hearing aid before.

To an extent, choosing the right device and features is always going to be subjective. However, we believe the four features below are well worth considering if you’re looking to get the best possible experience of life with your hearing aid. So, without further ado, you might want to look for devices that offer…

Automatic noise detection/reduction

This feature is very common in hearing aids, and it will likely be present in most of the hearing aids that your audiologist shows you. However, you’ll definitely want to ensure automatic noise reduction is present in the device you eventually choose— it can make a real difference to your experience of using your hearing aid.

Why is it so important? Well, automatic noise detection is able to reduce background noise, allowing you to focus directly on conversations and important sounds rather than being bombarded with noises that aren’t important. This provides ease of use that few users will want to be without.

Direct audio input

If you’re an audiophile and want to continue to make the most of your music-listening experience even with a hearing aid, direct audio input (which is commonly abbreviated to DAI) is definitely one to consider.

This feature allows music to be “piped” directly to your hearing aid, rather than being played into the general area and your hearing aid picking it up as it would speech or other sounds. This direct input allows for enhanced clarity of music and an overall better experience.

Tinnitus masking

This is a feature that will only apply to those with tinnitus, but given that tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand-in-hand, it’s well worth considering. Tinnitus is a condition that causes a person to continually hear noises that aren’t actually there, such as whistling, beeping, or ringing sounds.

A tinnitus masker can be incorporated into your hearing aid. These devices tend to play white noise, which helps to mask the sounds that you hear due to tinnitus, or at the very least diminish their intensity. If you’re a tinnitus sufferer, then this technology is definitely a feature you’re going to want your new hearing aid to have.

Wind reduction

Almost all hearing aid types are liable to experience problems with wind noise when using their device outdoors. However, this is not a problem that you should just have to deal with— wind reduction features are incredibly effective, and can make the experience of being outdoors all the more pleasant. If you have experienced issues with wind noise in the past, or just generally like to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, this is definitely a feature you need your new device to have.

The above four features are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what hearing aids can offer. To ensure you find the perfect hearing aid for you, it’s important to discuss your purchase with your audiologist; your knowledge of the above features and their expertise should ensure you are able to find a device that is compatible with your lifestyle.