Best Hearing Aids
At Evergreen Audiology, we’re often surprised at how many people are unaware of the different hearing aid options out there. A lot of our patients come in to see the audiologist and are astounded when presented with all the different types. Most people assume that there’s one type of device that just improves their hearing – but that’s wrong!
There are loads of different devices out there that come in various styles with specific features. So, if you need a hearing aid, then take a look at our picks of the best ones out there right now:
Hearing aid styles
There are several different varieties of hearing aids you can choose from, but some offer more benefits than others. If you’re looking for the most privacy or innovative technology, consider talking with your audiologist about one of these styles.
Invisible in Canal (IIC)
First up, we have IIC hearing aids – which are a type of in the ear hearing device. They’re one of the best hearing aids for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss that are looking for a very subtle option. As the name suggests, these hearing aids are invisible to the naked eye as they sit inside the ear canal. This is perfect if you need hearing aids but are self-conscious about people looking at them and asking questions. You can amplify your life without worrying about what you look like.
Behind the ear (BTE)
Another popular form of hearing aid is the BTE style. These contain a unit that sits behind the ear and is connected to the receiver by a tube or wire. These hearing aids are an excellent selection for almost anyone, from children to adults and even those with mild-to-profound hearing loss. Because they offer a larger size than other models, they can also be equipped with all the features you need.
Hearing aid features
In addition to types of hearing aids, there are several different features you may want to consider when deciding what device is best for you. These features make connectivity easier, as well as improve your listening experience.
Bluetooth hearing aids
To the wider world, Bluetooth technology has been around for so long that it’s almost forgotten about. But, we audiologists are only just getting the benefits of this technology now, in the shape of Bluetooth hearing aids. With these, you can connect the device to any other Bluetooth device and play the audio directly through your hearing aids. It prevents instances where the volume on your TV is turned up excessively high and it also improves the overall hearing experience for you.
A lot of the best hearing aids around will have directional microphones built into them. These are microphones that can help amplify sound that comes from specific directions. For example, a lot of them point out in front of you, which enables you to hear things directly in front of you with more ease. This can be really good when you’re in a noisy environment and trying to listen to someone talking face-to-face with you.
Zoom control hearing aids
One of the most advanced pieces of technology is zoom control. What is it? Essentially, it’s like a more technical version of a directional microphone. With zoom control, you can ‘zoom’ in on certain sounds coming from certain places. The most common example is if you’re in a crowded place and someone is trying to get your attention from across the room, you can use this feature to zoom in on their voice and hear what they’re saying.
Automatic volume control
It’s almost essential to find a hearing aid that has automatic volume control as a critical feature. With this, you will automatically adjust the level of sound you hear based on how loud it is. Quiet sounds are amplified and loud ones are lowered. It offers a more well-rounded and balanced hearing experience.
Almost all hearing aids have feedback reduction to reduce any whistling or buzzing sounds that you may hear. However, the best devices will use updated technology to really reduce the feedback from this device. It means you can hear everything else with more clarity, improving your day-to-day life.
These are some of the best hearing aid styles and features money can buy right now. Needless to say, we’ve barely even scratched the surface and there are many more out there. If you want to learn more about all the hearing aid options, then contact us today by giving us a call at (360) 892-3445. We’ll answer any questions over the phone and we can also book you in for a hearing aid consultation to show you some of the products on offer.