Are you or your loved one experiencing hearing loss? You may have spoken to your hearing healthcare provider about hearing aids. Hearing aids can open up a phenomenal world of sound, and protect against some of the negative effects of untreated hearing loss.
But how do you know which type of hearing aid is right for you? It’s important that the devices you wear suit your lifestyle.
There are various models available, and the right model will also depend on your individual hearing loss. That’s one great reason it’s important to work closely with your hearing healthcare specialist! They will be able to assess your condition and determine which type of hearing aid would prove most beneficial.
What Are the Differences Between Basic & Advanced Hearing Aids?
Generally, you must choose between basic and advanced hearing aids. Although advanced hearing aids offer more features, they are not always needed. To help you get a better understanding of these two options, we have prepared this handy guide.
Basic Hearing Aids
Basic hearing aids are extremely common and have all the functions necessary to carry on with your day-to-day life. Basic hearing aids generally include the following features:
- FM compatibility
- Wind noise reduction
- Digital noise reduction
- Feedback management
- Impulse noise reduction
- Direction microphone systems
- Hearing loop or telecoil compatibility
Features such as digital noise reduction, feedback management, and wind noise reduction are necessary for improving sound quality. With the feedback management feature, the loud whistling sound that is typically associated with hearing aids is minimized.
When it comes to basic hearing aids, you can either opt for behind-the-ear styles which are more prevalent, or in-ear options as they tend to be more discreet without compromising on functionality.
Advanced Hearing Aids
Advanced hearing aids use more modern technology for delivering an enhanced auditory experience. They offer better customization options than basic hearing aids. This can mean additional benefits for you, as the user, but also improved sound quality. This can lead to an overall better experience.
Advanced hearing aids generally come with the following features:
- Hearing aid apps
- Binaural processing
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Automated adjustment
- Smartphone connectivity
- Tinnitus masking features
- Enhanced feedback management
- Customized frequency response
What sets advanced hearing aids apart is the extra features and the additional functionality that basic models simply can’t compete with. Advanced hearing aids provide improved sound amplification, and therefore an improved listening experience.
Advanced hearing aids can also be more closely tailored to your individual hearing loss. This means that whether you struggle more with lower frequencies or higher frequencies, the device is tailored to your unique needs.
Have a Question? Contact Us Today!
Hearing loss is unique, and your hearing solution should be unique to your needs. If you’d like to discuss your hearing aid devices further, please get in touch. The hearing care professionals at Anderson Audiology are ready to help. Call us today at 702-997-2964. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.