Digital hearing aids use a microprocessor to amplify sounds. They convert incoming sounds into digital information, then analyze and adjust the sound to suit a user’s hearing loss characteristics and listening needs.
- More that 70 % of fitted hearing aids contain Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
- Digital hearing aids are programmable, and contain a growing list of technology features.
- They can distinguish between noise and speech and they can suppress background noise so you can hear speech better.
- They can detect whether you are in a quiet or noisy environment and automatically change to an appropriate setting.
The Bottom line: Hearing aids have become smaller and less conspicuous while offering an array of advanced features such as digital signal processing, automatic switching between listening programs, adaptive directional microphones, noise management, and remote controls. Some of these features are for convenience and ease of use, while others are designed to improve your speech understanding or listening comfort. Dr. Li-Korotky will work with you to find the best hearing aids for your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and personal financial goals.
Wireless and Made For iPhone Hearing Aids
Wireless technology is at the forefront of new developments in the hearing aid industry. Recent breakthroughs in the miniaturization of radio frequency antennae allow the radio antenna to be embedded inside the hearing instrument. This provides a direct connection between wireless hearing aids and media sound sources like your television, stereo, computer and smartphone, including an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Wireless technology allows sound to stream directly into your ears at a personally comfortable volume. At the same time, other people in the room can use the television remote control to set the volume they prefer. An extended discussion about this new technology can be found here.
Invisible Hearing Aids
Some people are self-conscious about wearing hearing aids…they may feel hearing loss is a shameful condition. The good news is that miniaturization is an important trend in hearing aid technology, and hearing aid manufacturers are beginning to offer advanced hearing aids that fit invisibly within the ear canal. One manufacturer has been leading the charge…Lyric recently introduced a hearing aid that is completely invisible to view.
- Lyric hearing aids can be worn 24/7 for up to 4 months without changing batteries.
- They deliver exceptional sound quality because they maximize directional hearing, and provide natural amplification of high frequencies while reducing ambient and wind noise.
- They can be worn while sleeping, on the phone, wearing earbuds, exercising, and even showering.
- We need volunteers for a Lyric invisible hearing aid trial . More information on this risk-free opportunity can be found here.
Let the Buyer Beware!
Don’t make a purchasing decision based on price, stated technology, or emotion. Some of the low priced digital hearing aids cut important corners to reduce their price, by reducing or eliminating most of the benefits of digital technology.
- You cannot assume high quality merely because a hearing aid is advertised as “digital”.
- It is possible for an analog hearing aid to produce better hearing quality than a budget digital hearing aid…and that isn’t saying much!
- On the other hand, high-end, high quality digital hearing aids can create a bad listening experience if they aren’t programmed and fitted correctly, or fine-tuned during follow-up visits.
- Realistic pre-fitting expectations and post-fitting aural rehabilitation are both necessary to ensure your best experience with hearing aids. Read more here.
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