On your journey to better hearing, you may become overwhelmed with the number of options on the market for new hearing aids. Our team at Hearing Health at Home is here to support you through the process and work with you to find the best hearing aid to meet your hearing needs. As you start looking at options, here are a few things to consider when selecting a perfect pair of hearing aids.
Get Your Hearing Tested
First things first: if you’ve noticed that there are changes in your hearing, the initial step is to take a hearing test. Hearing Health at Home offers mobile hearing tests – we’ll come to your house if you can’t come to us. We provide comprehensive hearing tests, whether in your living room or our office.
A hearing test will give you information on your current hearing abilities. Recorded on an audiogram, we’ll look through the data and determine whether a hearing loss is present. If there is a hearing loss, we’ll determine the type, degree, and configuration. All of this information is crucial when you begin to search for the right pair of hearing aids.
Understanding the Basics of Hearing Aids
Though small and oftentimes, nearly invisible, hearing aids are far from diminutive. They are powerful electronic devices, built with sophisticated electronic technology. Designed to amplify and deliver clear signals to your brain, hearing aids help in the cognitive process as well as with speech recognition. There are many different hearing aid options on the market, with a host of features.
Regardless of the style and model, all hearing aids consist of the same basic components: microphone, microchip, amplifier, battery, and receiver. Similar to your natural auditory process, hearing aids pick up sound from your environment, which is then analyzed and amplified. These clearer sound signals are sent to your brain to be processed as sounds you recognize. The arrangement of these components differs depending on the style and model of the hearing aid.
Our team at Hearing Health at Home is well-versed and experienced in the many options available on the market. As we work more deeply with you, we will help you determine the best hearing aid option to meet your hearing needs.
Listening Features & New Technology
In the same way our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other personal electronic devices are constantly being improved, hearing aids consistently boast new advanced and sophisticated technology. Currently, we are in a golden age of hearing aid technology: incredibly fast processing platforms, wireless connectivity, rechargeable batteries, and protective coatings that render these devices almost waterproof.
The processing platform is powered by a tiny chip that makes your hearing aids powerful “mini computers for the ears.” These are programmed to analyze and process sounds from your environment at an incredibly fast speed, providing you with natural sound. These listening features also help you focus on speech sounds or environmental sounds – or move your attention away from sounds you do not want to hear. With bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears), hearing aids often share audio data taken in from microphones on both sides of your head, mixing everything together with richness and clarity.
Most hearing aid available now offer some form of wireless connectivity, often through Bluetooth technology. With wireless connectivity, your hearing aids are able to connect to your smartphone (or other personal electronic devices), allowing you to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to your ears from your devices. Certain hearing aid models use GPS, which saves your preferences based on location; when you return to saved locations, your aids will make automatic adjustments for a truly seamless listening experience.
Newer models of hearing aids offer rechargeable options, which fulfill a desire voiced for years by consumers. With rechargeable hearing aids, you experience a longer battery life, with more confidence in your energy supply. Rechargeable hearing aids are easy to use and are a boon to both your wallet and the environment by eliminating replacement battery disposal.
Your Lifestyle & Activities
After sorting through the different hearing aid options available, take a moment to consider your lifestyle and activities. Consider your employment and social life. These elements all factor into the perfect pair of hearing aids. Do you exercise often and require a higher IP rating for moisture protection? Do you spend a lot of your work life on the phone and could benefit from direct streaming to your hearing aids? Do you spend lots of time out and about and want a reliable battery supply?
Take note of your daily activities and movements. We’ll work with you to find the perfect pair of hearing aids that integrates seamlessly into your lifestyle.
To begin the process for the perfect pair of hearing aids, contact us at Hearing Health at Home. We provide mobile hearing services as well as services at our office location.