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Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013

Hearing Aid Reviews: Best Advances

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Solutions for treating individual hearing loss can be as varied as the problem, but technology and research has advanced to meet the challenge. With all the features and styles of hearing aids, buying hearing aids can sometimes lead to confusion. But much of today's new features can be boiled down to one big advance, digital technology. In fact no review of hearing aids is complete without looking at digital technology.

Digital Technology: Digital technology allows hearing aids to process more bits of information, so they are exceedingly programmable. Digital hearing aids also allow the direction of amplification to be both automatic and adaptive—meaning the hearing aid will pick up on where the noise is coming from and focus in on it. Hearing aids with digital technology can be programmed with the ability to store and learn your preferences, recording them and adjusting automatically when it detects similar noise situations.

So why are digital hearing aids such a great advancement in hearing aid technology?Digital models have all the features of analog programmable ones, but digitized sound processing (DSP) converts sound waves into digital signals. This means that the aid is able to discern whether sound is either noise or speech, and then automatically adjust accordingly to provide the clearest signal possible. This technology is the most expensive, but the advantages are numerous:

They are more programmable
They have greater precision in fitting
There is better management of loudness discomfort
There is more control of noise reduction
They allow for greater features
They allow for greater adaptability
They allow for greater ability to focus on wanted sounds
They help eliminate background noise

Digital hearing aids with their strong storing and adaptive function allow quicker processing and greater clarity, including focusing on wanted sound.

Background noise is a be a big complaint with hearing aids used in a noisy situation. Today's technology continues to improve the ways hearing aids processes background noise, and this is possible thanks to digital technology. With digital technology a hearing aid users can control the focus of their hearing aids. As Dr. Peggy Sheets points out in her Hearing Well newsletter, “If you have someone in the backseat of your car, for example, with the push of a button, the microphones can be switched toward the back to reduce the noise from in front and the side so you can carry on a conversation more easily."

Today's hearing aids have advanced technology and directional microphones, but are better fit and more comfortable. There are hundreds of different styles and solutions for every type of hearing loss. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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