Several new developments in hearing aid technology are making it easier than ever to find the right hearing aid for you. They include:
Open Acoustic Fittings
Technological advances are making leaps and bounds in the direction of open ear acoustics. This type of technology feeds the sound into the ear via inconspicuous tubing or a receiver. It is virtually invisible and is very comfortable to wear. The theory behind this technology is that the ear naturally provides amplification by its mere shape and size, and plugging it with an ear mold or hearing aid is counterproductive. Open Ear Acoustics keep the ear canals free, preserving their own natural ability to amplify sound.
Directional Microphone Systems
Revolutionary new methods can now reduce the amount of unwanted noise in hearing aid patients experience when they enter a noisy environment. They provide noticeable improvements in the ability to understand conversation by reducing background noise and allowing the wearer to focus on the incoming speech. This wonderful option can adapt and change patterns to maximize noise reduction automatically
Patients will no longer have to fiddle with both of their hearing aids to try to get them balanced. This latest wireless technology allows both hearing aids to communicate and function as one hearing system. This intelligent circuit analyzes, interprets the environment, and shares information automatically and continuously. When one hearing aid is adjusted, the other simultaneously self adjusts so synchronization and balancing both hearing aids can be achieved. What a concept!
Talking on the telephone is important for most people. Now, hearing aid wearers do not have to compromise hearing for telephone usage, they can use both! A telecoil telephone feature is a specialized design that will amplify only telephone signals and no other surrounding noise. New technology allows the hearing aid to automatically switch to telephone mode when the telephone is placed near the hearing device. The patient will no longer have to panic when the phone rings. They will simply pick up the phone and be ready to listen.
Virtual Hearing Aid Shell Technology
Having a shell made with virtual technology means there is no need to see your audiologist for a new impression if the instrument is lost or damaged. Because the hearing aid image is stored in memory, you only need to pick up the phone and call. Sound futuristic? Wait until you no longer have to get an ear mold impression made at all when you order hearing aids. Ask us for more information.
Automatic Feedback Cancellation
Have you ever been sitting next to someone who’s hearing aid is creating a high pitched whistling sound? This sound is called feedback and is not only annoying to the person wearing the hearing aids, but to everyone around them. Feedback occurs when sound leaking out of the hearing aid goes back into the microphone of the hearing aid. New feedback systems that continuously analyze the incoming signal will discreetly and instantly minimize it without compromising any gain a person may need…..automatically!
Automatic Volume Control
In a fast moving world, many people don’t have time to stop and make adjustments to incoming signals. Hearing aids now offer the option to do this for the wearer automatically. Softer sounds are given more amplification, and loud incoming sounds are given little-to- no amplification. Changes to the hearing aid will be automatically and continuously updated, depending on the environment.
Most hearing aids have the option of having different programs for specific environments. The advantage of this is you can manually optimize what you hear by selecting a particular program on your hearing aid to best fit your desired environment. Multi programable hearing aids can simplify adjustments and add convenience to the wearer.
Noise Reduction Feature
There are certain sounds that are just not pleasant to hear. Hearing aids can be personalized to offer sound processing that does away with many unwanted background sounds, such as road noise, fans and refrigerators.