Today, advancements in the field of hearing technology go beyond the functionality of the human ear.
What You Should Know…
When choosing the right hearing technology to best suit your needs, the two most important factors to consider are:
- Your Hearing Profile
- Your Lifestyle.
Your Hearing Profile consists of the information about your hearing health obtained during your clinical hearing evaluation. Your lifestyle is going to determine what features and options you will need to select. Today, hearing devices come with a wide variety of choices in technology, functionality and features to meet every hearing and lifestyle need. Making the right selection will allow you to more fully enjoy your hearing experience.
What to Consider…
Active Lifestyle/Demanding Listening Environments
Examples of an active lifestyle include:
- Frequent Social Gatherings
- Busy Restaurants
- Varied Entertainment Venues
- Group Meetings
- Outdoor Activities
- Travel & Airports
- Use Multi-Media Connectivity
This type of lifestyle needs more advanced technology that will provide optimum performance in a broad range of demanding sound and listening environments. The advanced technology will clarify speech and other important sounds to the fullest extent while suppressing higher levels of background noise, and wind noise.
Casual Lifestyle/Moderate Listening Environments
Examples of a casual lifestyle include:
- Social Times with Family and Friends
- Less Busy Restaurants
- Quieter Entertainment Venues
- Small Group Meeting
- Limited Outdoor Activities
- Religious Services, Classes or Community Meetings
People in this level spend the majority of their time in moderate listening environments and would like certain advanced features like speech enhancement, background noise suppression and wind noise reduction. This individual is no longer in demanding listening situations on a day-to-day basis, but still enjoys dining out and social activities.
Quiet Lifestyle/Quiet Listening Environments
Examples of a quiet lifestyle include:
- Family Gatherings
- Quiet Restaurants
- Fewer Outings
- One-on-One Conversations
- Minimal Distractions
This individual has a quiet lifestyle and spends the majority of social time with family and small groups of friends. One-on-one conversations, walks in the park and quiet restaurants are preferred. This technology does very well with speech in less noisy environments and less demanding sound situations.