2019 technology trends in hearing aids
Advances in digital technology have transformed many industries and helped improve some of the items we use every day. For those suffering from hearing loss, improvements in hearing aid technology are benefiting more hearing aid users than ever before — from additional features to better control, comfort and customization options.
Much of today’s hearing aid technology can be found in the processor, the part of a hearing aid that enhances a signal, or sound, and delivers it to the receiver, which in turn delivers the amplified sound to the ear canal. Processors are becoming more programmable, allowing hearing aid providers to fine-tune amplification features to a user’s specific needs.
Below are five technology features that can be found in some of today’s more advanced hearing aids.
Noise reduction capabilities
In many environments, excessive background noise is an unwelcome side effect for hearing aid users. New noise-reduction features improve listening comfort by reducing background distractions. For example, if you’re dining in a restaurant, the technology can work to soften the sound of silverware tapping against a plate, allowing you to better focus on listening to the person sitting across from you. In addition, wind-reduction features provide added comfort for those who enjoy outdoor hobbies like golf, fishing and boating.
Some hearing aids are capable of connecting to wireless devices, such as phones and tablets, and even smart home devices like doorbells and smoke alarms. In some cases, hearing aids can act as microphones, letting you stream music from your phone. Another benefit: Since this feature allows a signal to bypass the microphone and go directly to the processor, it helps eliminate feedback and interference.
New features make it possible to collect and store data related to a hearing aid user’s environments and listening preferences. The information can then be shared with hearing aid providers who can make adjustments that are more customized and compatible to the user.
Some features allow hearing aids to “learn” your preferred settings and make adjustments automatically when certain environments are detected. This can help minimize the need for manual adjustments (like increasing or decreasing volume) in certain sound environments.
Traditional hearing aids generally include two channels, while more advanced versions may have eight or more. This feature gives hearing aid users greater flexibility to process incoming sounds and signals.
Keep in mind that some of these features can be used to address specific hearing issues, in addition to providing a more comfortable and user-friendly experience. To get the most from the latest hearing aid technology features, talk to your hearing care provider to learn more about how these advanced features can work with your specific type of hearing loss.
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