Best Hearing Aids
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While there is no single “best hearing aid” on the market, there are certain hearing aids that might be a better match for you and your particular variety of hearing loss than others. One person might benefit from a feature-packed premium device whereas another may not.
Choosing the best hearing aids is very much a personal decision. Yes, your budget matters, but so too does your lifestyle, the nature of your hearing loss and the type of devices that you're comfortable with wearing.
Types of hearing aids
Just like today’s tablet computers and smartphones come in a range of form factors, so too do hearing aids. There are many styles of hearing aids available and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your hearing instrument specialist will take into account your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle needs when recommending the best device for you specifically. Lifestyle factors include different things like your activity level, hobbies and physical capabilities when handling the devices.
Behind the ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids have most of the electrical components in a unit that rests behind the ear, with a tube connecting the ear canal. BTE hearing aid molds are custom-made and fit snugly into the ear of the wearer. These hearing aids are usually more affordable and feature-packed than other, smaller varieties on the market, but are highly visible. BTEs are suitable for individuals with mild-to-profound hearing loss and can be equipped with a multitude of features due to their size.
In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids sit in the outer ear bowl and come in full and half shell varieties. These devices are suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss and are typically large enough to be used by individuals with dexterity issues.
In the canal (ITC): ITC devices are the most discreet options and can range in size, with units that rest just inside the ear canal and others that are completely inside and almost invisible. These devices offer a natural listening experience because of their location and are suitable for individuals with mild hearing loss. They can be difficult to handle if you have dexterity issues due to their small parts. This may make it difficult to clean and maintain the devices, as well as changing the batteries.
The latest hearing aid technology
Hearing aids are benefiting from the same technological revolution that’s driving advances in hardware and software across the consumer electronics industry.
Advanced software and AI
Speech recognition software has improved dramatically over the last several years. Although the software in many hearing devices is not cutting-edge, it is sufficient for hearing aids to detect when they hear voices. Speech recognition algorithms then work in concert with directional microphones, helping the wearer focus on a particular conversation above ambient noise.
Advances in software are helping on other fronts too. Hearing aids are learning to detect the difference between extraneous noises that the user doesn’t want to hear and the essential sounds that they do. Software, for instance, can reduce wind noise, background sounds and other people’s conversations.
Smart software is still a work in progress and so most manufacturers still give wearers the option of overriding the computer if required.
Although hearing aids have offered varieties of wireless technologies for a long time, today’s wireless options, like Bluetooth, provide additional functionality.
Take the ability of two hearing aids to talk to one another. Being able to speak with each other provides a host of benefits. Assistive hearing devices can communicate settings changes of one with the other automatically, without the wearer having to make adjustments to both. Instant communication also gives hearing aids the ability to provide wearers with better directional sound.
Because at-risk people often wear hearing aids, there’s an increasing demand for them to be equipped with technology that can alert caregivers in the event of an accident. Every year, more than 3 million older adults in the US get injured after falling over alone. Some recent models, therefore, contain inertia sensors which can detect whether the wearer has fallen over and alert the relevant people.
If you want to learn more about the best hearing aids and new hearing aid technology, then get in touch with Nobile Hearing Aids today by calling (239) 772-8101.