Results From Previous Surveys Collected by Kaw Valley Hearing
What area of hearing/communication do you want to improve the most?
Individuals indicated the area of communication / hearing in which they would like to improve the most is help with their tinnitus with 40% of the responses. This was followed by easier communication in background noise (20%).
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) roughly 10 percent of the adult population in the Unites States has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minute in the past year; that is almost 25 million Americans. An article published by the American Tinnitus Association also found that tinnitus is often a symptom of hearing loss.
So what can be done to help individuals with tinnitus? An article published by NCBI ("Hearing Aids For The Treatment of Tinnitus") indicates amplification may help reprogram the auditory nervous system and provide a beneficial effect by restoring neural function; this may provide patients with long term benefits.
Other responses included: Hearing in Crowds & Communication with Loved Ones (both 13.33%), Listening to Music & Communication on the Phone (both 6.67%).
What is the most important aspect of a hearing aid at the time of purchase?
Individuals indicated the most important aspect of a hearing aid to consider at the time of purchase is the performance of the device with 55.56% of the responses. This was followed by cost (33.3% ) and physical appearance (11.11%).
Advancements in technology has made it possible to communicate in a variety of environments easier than ever before with today's hearing aids. In addition to the performance enhancements, hearing aids have become much smaller than the bulky devices of the past. The use of today's hearing aids can help you communicate more effectively, actively engage socially, gain more confidence and independence, and reduce the feeling of isolation.
What features are most important in a hearing aid?
Individuals indicated the most important feature of a hearing aid is the ability to have volume control with 40.63% of the responses. This was closely followed by the size of the hearing aid with 34.38% of the responses. Additional responses included rechargeable hearing aid (9.38%), Bluetooth compatible hearing aid (9.38%), the use of a remote control (3.13%), and battery life (3.13%).
Thankfully, with advancements in today’s hearing aids, all of the above are possible. There are many styles of hearing aids today ranging from a very small device worn behind your ear which has a very thin wire delivering the sound into your ear canal - to a nearly invisible hearing aid that fits deep into your ear canal. Many of today’s hearing aids can be utilized with a remote control, can be paired with your cellular phone allowing phone calls and music to be sent directly to the hearing aids wirelessly – some are even rechargeable.
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