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How to Buy Hearing Aids The world of hearing aids can be a bit confusing, from different product names and manufacturers to several features and styles. But what in particular must you look for when buying these devices? Noise Control Majority of new generation hearing aids are equipped with a type of noise reduction algorithm. The best algorithms are capable of distinguishing speech from noise, allowing the hearing aids to suppress incoming noise and highlight incoming speech, both in real time. The degree of hearing help you get depends on the quality of the hearing aids you’re wearing.
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Your hearing aids must have directional microphones. Hearing aids’ ability to concentrate on a certain sound source near you (typically a conversation partner) is called directionality, and it is the only tested way for hearing aids to improve your understanding of speech. In other words, with a good directional microphone system, sounds can be made clearer and crisper. There are three types of directionality systems, namely, adaptive, fixed and dynamic. Adaptive directionality systems pick up talking made by people all around you and concentrate on the where the speech is originating. Fixed directional systems target a precise area (generally right in front of you) and remain focused there. Dynamic directional systems instantly move from listening all around you to sounds coming from a permanent direction. While having your trial, take note of how your hearing aids capture voices, and inquire from your provider how these devices should be set up in order to boost your benefits. Design Hearing aids are made in various shapes and styles, such as: > RIC (receiver-in-canal), placed back of the ear and has a speaker in the ear canal; > BTE (behind-the-ear), sends sounds to ear with a small tube; and > IIC (invisible-in-the-canal), custom-built for your ear. The hearing aid that’s best for you depends on several factors, such as dexterity, extent of hearing loss, comfort or simply your preference. Feedback In the past, even users having mild hearing losses have experienced difficulties with feedback. Feedback is a very loud sound produced when you put a microphone close to a speaker. All modern hearing aids now have a feedback control mechanism, although some work better than the others. Buy hearing aids with great feedback control so these devices are more comfortable to wear and less noticeable too. Smart Features We are in a digital world! Mobile phones, television, and computers have become more and more interdependent. Some hearing aids these days are now able to connect to such devices with the use of Bluetooth(TM) or any other technology. You can now even adjust your settings with your smartphone (to change volume, for instance), so there’s no need for you to touch them.