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New Hearing Aids

audiologist holding a pair of new hearing aids

Have you recently been diagnosed with hearing loss? One of the key points to remember here is that hearing loss is not something that only impacts the elderly. It can affect you at any stage in your life, from when you are a teen, to when you are in your twenties or thirties. There are a variety of issues that can cause hearing loss with one of the most common being damage to your hearing from exposure to loud noises.

While there are many different types and causes of hearing loss, there’s one treatment option that is most commonly recommended: hearing aids.

However, that doesn’t mean that choosing your hearing aids is an easy option. You will need to speak to your hearing instrument specialist and look at the massive range of possibilities. For now, though, let’s think about some of the different options on the market today and how to make the right choice for you.

Charging

You can start by thinking about whether you want chargeable hearing aids. The benefit here is that you won’t have to worry about getting new batteries for your device all the time. However, there is a downside, and that’s the fact that you will have to remember to put your devices on a charge. It’s going to be essential to get into a regular routine where you either put them on charge at night or through the day when you’re not going to need them.

There are also two different types of chargeable hearing aids on the market. One option charges the batteries themselves and the other charges the whole device with a built in battery. It’s up to you which option you choose here. But the significant benefit of removable batteries is that the hearing aid also takes normal batteries. So, if you do forget to charge them up then you can still use your device with normal batteries.

Computer settings

Shockingly, you can now get new hearing aids that are very much like mini computers. This means that they have a range of different settings and functions that you can access and toy with. The idea is that they can be customized to suit your needs. So, for instance, you might be able to set up and save different profiles. These can fit particular environments from a quiet room to a busy crowded space. Once you have set up the settings, you can then switch between them seamlessly. Your hearing instrument specialist will be able to help you with both the setup and also show you how to operate the devices the right way. Ultimately, you should be able to get the setting you wanted in seconds.

You may also find that you can get hearing aids that automatically change the settings based on the environment. This advanced technology essentially picks up the sound levels in the room and adjusts accordingly. As you may have guessed, this type of technology is more expensive but it could be worth it for the incredible level of usability. You can again ask your HIS about this option and the type of devices that allow this possibility.

Connectivity

Almost every device these days is connected in some way or another. It should thus come as no surprise that hearing aids can also be connected to other pieces of technology. This is usually through Bluetooth support and it will allow you to connect with everything from your computer to the TV or your phone. It ensures that sound goes directly from the device straight to your hearing aid, completely cutting out any interference or issues here. Instead, what you get is a clear source of noise that is completely undisturbed.

Voice augmentation

Another great piece of technology that you might find in new hearing aids is voice augmentation. This type of technology provides similar benefits to Bluetooth technology but rather than directly inputting the sound through the hearing aids; it’s about recognizing what the sound is. Some hearing aids can differentiate between the frequency of people talking and background noise. The hearing aid can then reduce the background noise and elevate the sound of someone speaking.

We hope that you find this information useful when finding the right hearing aids for you. If you have any more questions or would like to learn more about Affordable Hearing contact Irmo: 803-749-6017, Orangeburg or Santee: 803-531-6403. We’re happy to assist you and ensure that you find the right device that matches your individual needs.