No matter how severe your hearing loss is, there’s a hearing aid built to cater to your hearing needs according to your lifestyle. These hearing aids vary from economical and run of the mill models (that simply accentuate the sound), to higher end models with features such as a wireless technology. However, before you decide on a hearing aid, you’ll firstly want to conduct some research and ask some questions to your healthcare provider so that you know what kind of a hearing aid is suitable for you. For instance, if you’re someone who loves the outdoors, then you will need an aid that has been designed for that purpose.

Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when choosing on the best hearing aids to help you enjoy an active lifestyle:

Your activity level

If you are someone who would rather watch a football match inside a stadium rather than on your couch, you might be referred to a style of hearing aid that caters to noisy and loud environments, such as sporting events or concerts. These devices come with an advanced technology that decreases the level of concentration required to understand sound. Thus, the technology helps you, the user, sit back and enjoy the outdoors. Moreover, these devices come in different models, ranging from those that can be worn inside the ear canal (ITC) to those that fit behind the ear (BTE). ITCs are generally more useful for situations such as telephone calls as the outer ear naturally blocks out the noise by the winds.

Durability of the device

An active lifestyle demands your hearing aid to be durable as well. For instance, if you’re into sports, chances are that your device might collect dust over time. The dust might ultimately damage its internals and thus make it useless too. In fact, this kind of damage is one of the most common problems hearing aids face. You’ll want a particular device that has been designed to keep out dirt, moisture and accidental drops. Sometimes, coating and internal seals help keep dirt and moisture out well while the shock-absorbent materials used for the internal parts protect against accidental falls.

Many hearing aids can also be accessorized so that you can customize them according to your requirements. Sweatbands and hearing aid sleeves fit smoothly over BTE devices to keep the elements out. Moreover, hearing aid dryers help keep the hearing aids dry while you sleep (to further prolong the life of the device). The best part about these accessories is that they keep the sound quality of the hearing aids intact. Therefore, make sure you choose a hearing aid that is durable and also sturdy for the outdoor environments.