So you might hear your conversation, but you’ll also hear these other sounds.
And you would end up not understanding a single word.
So why hasn’t anyone solved this issue?
Of course, they've tried.
Many have made HA’s that filter out sound.
The catch is, they do this by filtering out “low-frequency sounds” -- lawnmowers, car engines, etc....
So the background noise may sound quieter, but so does the sound of someone speaking.
Which brings you back to square one…
But one of the breakthrough innovations in hearing aid technology is directional microphones.
It strictly picks up sound from one direction.
So when you’re wearing hearing aids with directional microphones, you’re like holding up a “tin can telephone” (remember those?) to your ear…
That means when someone’s talking, that’s what you will hear…
Instead of the million other sounds around you at any given time.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t hear anything else.
In fact, the mic is powerful enough to pick up other sounds…
But it does so without overwhelming you completely.
And there seem to be a lot of tests to back this up.
After looking into all of this, I decided to look at hearing aids with directional microphones.
The only problem is there are very few hearing aids in the market that actually have directional microphones.
And most of them will cost you an arm and a leg.
Which is totally disheartening.
But the good news is you don’t have to get a hearing aid with a directional microphone to experience the same noise reduction quality.
Which brings us back to what my neighbor recommended.