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How To Deflect Wind From Hearing Aids

Wind and background noise are some of the most common problems when wearing hearing aids.

In this blog post, we run-through how you can cope in windy environments.

Hearing Aids & Wind

The presence of wind can cause problems for those wearing digital hearing aids. Even the most expensive hearing devices cannot guarantee absolute background noise and feedback elimination as sometimes it is difficult to discern between noise and speech and deliver only the relevant sounds to the ear.

For the wearer, it can be quite unpleasant. Wind noise, along with other external noises cannot be controlled and may not only be annoying but also interfere so much with the signal, making other sounds difficult to hear and understand. In some extreme cases, people prefer to take their hearing aids off, which is rarely a good option especially when suffering from severe or profound hearing loss.

How to Cope in Windy Environments

There are various ways to cope with situations when there is wind present and the microphone of the hearing aid picks it up.

At times, it is inevitable to spend time outside or enjoy an outdoor hobby such as sailing or playing golf. In these situations, it is highly likely to experience wind and its whooshing sound in the hearing aid. For such occasions, many hearing aids have special features aimed to reduce the wind noise to a minimum and enhance other sounds. Possible solutions include a specific microphone placement to avoid external noise as much as possible or programming the device for windy environments. For more information about this function and its adjustment, it is best to turn to your audiologist or dispenser.

To experience the least background noise and wind interference, many hard of hearing prefer invisible hearing aids.  Due to their size and shape, the microphone is often hidden in the ear, which reduces substantially the external noise that is picked up.

Invisible hearing aids available at Freehearingtest:

However, not everyone feels completely comfortable with small devices and we supply a range of other types and hearing aid models.

Alternative Solutions

For those who wear behind the ear hearing aids, there are some options available such as windscreens or windhoods. You can purchase them additionally and attach them to your hearing aid to subdue the effect of the wind in the microphone. E.g: Phonak Wind and Weather Protectors for Behind The Ear Hearing Aids

The best option, though, is to try to avoid very noisy places and get used to some wind noise occasionally as sometimes it will be inevitable to hear it. Hearing aid technology advances quickly, so it is expected that in the near future all background, static and wind noise may be eliminated and even more focus will be put on speech and music appreciation features. Many of today's top hearing aids have features to suppress this.

About Freehearingtest

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Our product range is designed to improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss, as well as prevent further damage to our hearing.

Should you have any questions, get in touch and our expert team will do their best to assist you.

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