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Omnidirectional VS Directional Microphones in Hearing Aids


There is a lot of exciting technology packed into modern hearing aids. From built-in tinnitus management to high-quality sound processors that help reproduce natural sounds, you can find tons of helpful tech that can help restore your hearing.

One type of hearing aid technology our doctors of audiology want to highlight is hearing aid microphones. Specifically, omnidirectional and directional hearing aid microphones.

What Are Omnidirectional And Directional Microphones

Most modern hearing aids come with both omnidirectional microphones and directional microphones. As these microphones use the same sound input system, which one is actively collecting sound is usually controlled by an automatic setting, though some come with manual controls. Now, let’s define what each of these types of microphones does.

Omnidirectional microphone – For times where you want to hear more of the background sounds around you—especially the lower frequency sounds—omnidirectional microphones are excellent. So, if you are out on a walk through nature or listening to music, omnidirectional microphones can provide you with immersive range.

Directional microphone – With directional microphones, the sounds in one particular direction are boosted, and the sounds outside of the direct path of the microphones are far more muted. This makes directional microphones far more effective when you are talking to others.

Benefits Of Omnidirectional Microphones VS. Directional Microphones

In many cases, directional microphones are what you will need. This microphone type allows you to clearly focus your hearing in one direction, usually forward-facing, though there are some directional microphones you can control from your smartphone. With those, you can choose which direction to prioritize sound from.

By using hearing aids with directional microphones, you can more easily hone in on conversations you are having, without needing to filter out a lot of background noises.

When you want to be more immersed in the lower background noises, an omnidirectional microphone is ideal. As we mentioned above, when you are taking a stroll in nature, omnidirectional microphones can help bring quieter, low-frequency sound to your ears. Also, if you are in crowded areas where you want to stay aware of your surroundings, omnidirectional microphones in your hearing aids are a great help.

Luckily for you, with the help of our doctors of audiology, you can find and be fitted with hearing aids that have the ability to use both omnidirectional and directional microphones.

Which Type Of Hearing Aid Is Right For You

You can use online hearing aid guides to help you learn more about hearing aids, but at some point, you will need the help of a hearing health care professional. Our doctors of audiology can help you throughout your whole hearing journey, from having your hearing loss diagnosed to being fitted with the right hearing aids for your needs.

If you would like to work with our doctors of audiology to discover what type of hearing aids are best for your hearing needs, contact us today to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you reconnect with the world around you.

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