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Severe hearing loss.
Over-the-counter hearing aids.
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Hearing device technology.
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If you have a specific type of hearing loss or trouble hearing certain frequencies, a hearing aid might be right for you. Features that are common in hearing aids:
- Tailored frequency selections
- Advanced control based on environmental noise
- Personalized settings
- Direct connection to music and phone calls
Personal sound amplification products (PSAPs).
While PSAPs are usually not tailored to your personal hearing needs or fitted to your ear, some devices offer unique benefits:
- Noise-cancelling technology
- Personalized TV volume levels
- PSAPs can be a cost-effective choice
Fit types: Behind-the-ear or in-the-ear?
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Behind-the-ear hearing devices.
This is the most common fit design.
They're easy to use and care for with special features:
- Speakers in the ear with the receiver behind
- Longer battery life than some in-ear models
- Easy handling due to their larger size
In-ear hearing devices.
In-ear hearing aids include ITC (in-the-canal) designs which sit just inside your ear, and CIC (completely-in-canal) models which are smaller and less visible. Some in-ear hearing device features:
- Discreet (almost invisible) designs
- Personalized frequency and volume settings
- Open fit designs that allow for natural sound
- Incredible audio fidelity
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Who needs hearing aids?
Hearing loss can significantly affect your quality of life. For healthy and active aging, it’s important to maintain hearing function. But a lot of people wait to get hearing aids until the effects of hearing loss are severe. Part of that is because, for a long time, hearing aids were bulky and noticeable, and provided unnatural-sounding amplification of environmental noise.
Fortunately, hearing aid technology has developed dramatically in recent years, and it’s improving with each new generation of devices. Now hearing aids can be surprisingly low-profile and powerful while looking discreet and sounding natural. Even better, it’s now easier to get hearing aids before you experience severe hearing loss.
If you have mild or moderate hearing loss, you can even choose hearing aids on your own without a trip to an audiologist. And you have choices. There are traditional behind-the-ear models as well as barely noticeable in-ear designs. However, if you find out your hearing is more severely impaired, you should talk to a specialist about solution options.
Using your hearing aids with technology.
One of the problems with older generations of hearing aids was that they typically had a hard time handling certain sounds — like a conversation coming through a telephone. But Bluetooth technology now allows hearing aids to pair with compatible devices, such as smartphones, so you can interact seamlessly with those you love in person and remotely. If you’re an older adult, this is something you should take into consideration when finding the best cell phone for you.
Many hearing aids are designed to manage features and settings directly from your smartphone, and may give you more control and offer options such as background noise cancellation. For movies, TV shows and games you may even choose a pair of headphones designed to make the experience more immersive. It’s important to stay connected and use technology to your advantage. You can even use technology to keep your brain agile.
Don’t forget to clean your hearing aids properly and keep a pair of backup batteries handy. While it is important to always clean hearing aids using the manufacturer’s instructions, there are now hearing aid accessories that make cleaning simple. For functionality and for your ears’ health, it’s crucial to keep your devices clean and dry.
Hearing loss can happen at any age, but it is most common for seniors, and dealing with it is one of the important steps toward living independently as you age. So, if you’re frequently asking people to repeat themselves, you might want to take an online hearing assessment and learn more about our hearing solutions.
These statements and any information contained herein are intended for educational purposes only and are not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. Carefully review product labels for instructions and important safety information, and consider consulting with a health care professional regarding your use of health and wellness products.