As we age, hearing loss naturally occurs, and many of us turn to hearing aids to improve our hearing. While we all know the obvious benefit of finally being able to hear what our loved ones have been saying, the benefits of hearing aids are much more vast than many realize.
Hearing aids are tools that amplify sound and help people to better understand conversations and other noises in their environment. They’re small, complex electronic devices that can be used by adults and children.
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles, depending on your lifestyle, hearing loss, and needs. The most common are behind-the-ear (BTE) and custom in-the-ear (ITE) models. In general, the larger a hearing aid is, the more powerful it will be. However, larger models are visible and more noticeable, so many people prefer smaller, less visible, models.
No matter what type of hearing aid you choose, you’ll want to make sure that it suits your particular hearing loss and lifestyle. Your audiologist will help you determine the right type of hearing aid for you.
When looking for a hearing aid, keep in mind that there are various features to consider, like manual or automatic volume control, multiple program settings, built-in wireless hearing loops, background noise reduction, environmental noise management, and telecoils. Some hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries for added convenience.