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Ask an Audiologist: What Kind of Technology Should I Get in My Hearing Aid?

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One of the most common questions asked by those who work with our audiologists to find new hearing aids is “What kind of technology should I get in my hearing aids”. Often, this question comes after our doctors of audiology have already discussed some of the benefits of hearing aids, and have made it clear that not all of these benefits are automatically available.

If you are unsure which hearing aids are right for your needs, we are here to help you understand what options are available. Once you have a good grasp of what is available, it should be far easier for you to determine what hearing aid technology will best help you overcome your hearing loss.

Start By Choosing Between Analog Or Digital Hearing Aids

To start your hearing aid selection process, you will need to decide between analog hearing aids or digital hearing aids. In most cases, people opt for digital hearing aids, as they come with the most technology and can provide superior listening quality, thanks to how the sound is processed by the hearing aids.

With analog hearing aids, all sounds are equally amplified. So, where a set of digital hearing aids would make background sounds quieter than a conversation you were listening to, with analog hearing aids, you would hear all the sounds around you equally. Due to this and other limitations of analog hearing aids, most individuals opt to check out digital hearing aids.

Different Tech Found In Digital Hearing Aids

When you are ready to dive into the world of digital hearing aids, there is a lot of technology that you can enjoy in your new hearing aids. This technology can greatly improve your hearing experience, so to help you become familiar with what you may want, below is some of the best technology you can find in modern digital hearing aids.

Directional Microphones

With directional microphones in your hearing aids, you can have greater clarity of sound from the direction you are facing. These microphones work to capture the sounds in front of you since that is usually the direction where you will be engaging in conversations.

These directional microphones also work as part of a sound processing system. This system works together with capturing the sound in front of you while reducing background sounds that don’t require as much volume amplification.

FM Compatibility

This hearing aid feature allows you to connect wirelessly with FM systems, though sometimes a boosting accessory is needed. With an FM system in your hearing aids, you can more clearly capture sounds on the FM frequency with minimal noise interference.

For the most part, this feature is most helpful for children with hearing loss. Children with FM compatible hearing aids are able to tune into classroom FM system and follow along with their teachers’ instructions more easily.

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus is a common ailment when you also have hearing loss. With unmanaged tinnitus as well as hearing loss, it can tough to be able to hear. With the tinnitus management feature built into your hearing aids, you can take control over your hearing.

This control may look like you controlling the tinnitus management feature from your smartphone, allowing you to adjust what soothing sound you are hearing, and help you learn helpful relaxation techniques which can assist in lowering your stress. Or, our audiologists can program your hearing aids to continually emit a soothing background sound that will combat the effects of your tinnitus symptoms.

Processing Channels

When sound travels through digital hearing aids, it is processed through various channels before it is amplified. These channels can help clean up the sound quality of what you are hearing, lowering the background sounds while amplifying important sounds like a person speaking to you.

The more processing channels a hearing aid comes with, the better, as it can provide greater flexibility in how the sounds are processed then amplified.

Feedback Management

No one likes the sound of hearing aid feedback, where your hearing aids whistle and screech. If you have hearing aids with feedback management, you don’t need to worry about this problem.

Hearing aids with feedback management technology have systems in place to greatly reduce or even eliminate feedback, without affecting the overall sound amplification of your hearing aids.

Telecoil

Similar to the FM system, a telecoil in your hearing aids can allow you to tune into loop systems and other devices which have a telecoil. Some areas you can find telecoil loop systems are:

  • Public buildings
  • Worship houses
  • Specific landlines and smartphones
  • Movie theaters
  • Schools
  • TVs

With a telecoil in your hearing aids, you can be tuned into the loop system, which helps eliminate echoes and sound distortions that can occur.

Bluetooth Connectivity

One of the most popular types of hearing aid technology is the Bluetooth connectivity feature. By using this feature, you can sync your hearing aids with the appropriate smart devices. With this ability to sync, you can connect with your smart TV and cut out all background sounds and have the show streamed directly to your hearing aids.

This excellent, audio-to-hearing aids Bluetooth streaming can also apply to your phone calls, audiobooks, music, and more. Also, hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity are often more reliable than FM connectivity.

Impulse Noise Reduction

An impulse noise is defined as the sharp sounds you may not want to be amplified very much, such as doors being slammed and car keys jangling. Hearing aids with impulse noise reduction technology will soften these sharp, loud sounds and make them more comfortable to hear.

Binaural Processing

Your ears naturally relay information between them, which can make it tough to use hearing aids that work as independent devices. When you have hearing aids with binaural processing technology, the two hearing aids communicate with each other.

With this communication, you can gain a more clear picture of the sounds around you and reduce the need to keep adjusting your hearing aids manually.

Wind Noise Reduction

You may have not considered how the wind will affect your hearing aids, but as many veteran hearing aid users can attest, wind interference is a real issue. This issue is especially problematic if you are outdoors for work or other hobbies like golfing.

But, with wind noise reduction technology, your hearing aids can recognize the wind blowing across your hearing aid microphone and reduce the sound you receive from it, or even eliminate it altogether.

Smart Features

The newest hearing aids now come with a variety of smart features, from automated learning, which remembers what listening programs you enjoy to digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to help you control your hearing aids.

Work With Hearing & Balance Doctors To Find Your Perfect Hearing Aids

By working with our doctors of audiology, you can have access to hundreds of excellent hearing aids and the best hearing aids brands. Our doctors of audiology provide personalized assistance to ensure that you have the hearing aids that fit your lifestyle needs, level of hearing loss, as well as your budget.

To work with our experienced audiologists to take care of your hearing needs, be sure to contact us today and set up an appointment at one of our many convenient hearing clinics.

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