One of the most common complaints brought up by hearing aid wearers is the inconvenience of background noise.
In an article published on the website of the Better Hearing Institute, Dr. Patricia B. Kricos, Professor of Audiology and Director of the Center for Gerontological Studies at the University of Florida, suggests some ways to diminish the sound of the background noise, defined as "any noise that interferes with your ability to hear, understand, and/or pay attention to the signal that you want to hear."
Dr. Kricos suggests using two hearing aids instead of one, hearing aids with digital signal processing or a directional microphone, FM technology, and auditory training, to lessen the impact of background noise on the ear.
She also gives useful hints on how to minimize unwanted noise in social settings.
To learn more about Dr. Krico's suggestions on hearing aids and background noise read Hearing Aids and Background Noise: Overcoming the Battle at HealthyHearing.com.