Hearing Aid Pros and Cons

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Choosing a hearing aid can be an intimidating process, especially with so many styles and options. Are you looking for a discreet hearing aid, or do you want something with more power? From completely invisible styles to those that fit behind your ears, there is a perfect device out there with your name on it.

Hearing Devices Support More Than Your Hearing

Think about why you’re wearing hearing aids. Your first response may be that you want to hear better. But why do you want to improve your hearing? So, you can interact with your loved ones and be active in your life.

Here’s a list of benefits hearing aids have to offer:

  • Louder volume and clearer sounds: Hearing aids can make sounds louder, of course, but they also make sounds sharper, so you don’t have to strain to differentiate sounds.
  • Technology: Hearing devices have come a long way in the last few decades and now include additional advantages with sync technology. You can monitor your health, listen to music, and connect to emergency services through your devices.
  • Socializing: You won’t have to worry about asking others to repeat themselves or keeping up with conversations in a noisy environment. Let your hearing aids do the work for you.
  • Cognitive Improvement: Your brain loses cognitive abilities when it does not hear all the sounds it could. Hearing aids help retrain your brain to fire up those neuropathways and keep your mind sharp.

Are There Disadvantages?

There aren’t any disadvantages to investing in a hearing aid. However, certain styles may not be the best fit for your degree of hearing loss. Here are some possible hang-ups for some hearing aids styles.

Open fit

  • Not necessarily suitable for more than mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Perspiration may impact function
  • Limited manual control

Behind the ear

  • More visible, especially for those with short hair
  • More affected by moisture or perspiration
  • Not ideal for physically active individuals

In the ear

  • Not enough power for severe hearing loss
  • Short battery life
  • Susceptible to wax build-up
  • No directional microphone capabilities

Would you like additional information or a consultation with a licensed audiologist? Call 888.760.2032 or contact our main office in Mason City, Iowa, to schedule your appointment today.