4 Hearing Aid Features to Consider

4 Hearing Aid Features to Consider

 

If you need to choose new hearing aids, there are various features that you might need to consider. Hearing aids come in different sizes and styles, but they also have different features that can offer you certain benefits. Some features are present in almost any hearing aid, but you still need to think about certain variations and how they might help you. Other features are extras that can help you to maintain your lifestyle and give your hearing aids additional functionality. Here are some of the top features you should take a look at when you’re trying to decide which hearing aids to buy.

1. Microphone types

All hearing aids feature a microphone to pick up sound, but they can use different types. These include:

  • Omni-directional microphone – this microphone picks up sound 180 degrees around you (i.e. from your front and around the side to your back). So if you wear two hearing aids, you get 360-degree sound.
  • Adaptive microphone – this type of microphone is ideal for picking up speech. It focuses on speech and reduces background noise.
  • Directional microphone – hearing aids that use directional microphones have one front and one back microphone. You can turn off the back microphone in noisy environments, and your hearing aid can automatically do this for you.

2. Telecoil

You’ve likely seen the sign for loop systems in places likes stores or museums. It features an ear with a diagonal line, and the letter T. This indicates that if your hearing aid has a telecoil, you can connect to a loop system and get more focused sound. By turning your telecoil on, you can shut out background noise and be sure to hear important things. You can also connect to compatible telephones and other devices. Most hearing aids today have telecoils, but some smaller ones may not. Removing the telecoil enables manufacturers to make the hearing aid smaller.

3. Phone settings

Talking on the phone can be a little tricky if you wear hearing aids. Fortunately, hearing aids are designed to help you with this. Along with having a telecoil, most hearing aids have special phone settings. They will adjust to set to the phone’s bandwidth. You might find it useful to have wireless or Bluetooth hearing aids, which you can use to connect to your cell phone or other devices. Hearing aids that don’t have these features can pick up phone conversations better using the M microphone setting.

4. Bluetooth/wireless connectivity

Wireless connectivity and Bluetooth are both useful functions to have for your hearing aids. Wireless hearing aids can connect to each other, so if you have two, they can work as a pair. You can use a remote control to change the settings on your hearing aid, so you don’t need to take it off or try to fiddle with it without looking. You can use Bluetooth technology to connect your hearing aids to a range of devices, from TVs and cell phones to computers and speakers. This allows you to have sound come directly into your hearing aids.

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