Despite advances in hearing aid technology, myths of poor hearing aid performance continue to exist. Perhaps these false and outdated myths are to blame for only one in four Americans with hearing loss wearing hearing aids.
Digital technology has taken not only televisions and music players to the next level; it has taken hearing aids to the next level. Sound quality, wearing comfort and automation are just a few improvements consumers report. Other sophisticated features consumers can expect in today’s hearing aids include:
- Digital noise reduction allows for hearing aids to determine incoming sound as either speech or noise. If determined to be noise, overall volume of noise is reduce increasing listening comfort
- Automatic feedback suppression technology automatically detects and reduces whistling.=
- Hearing aids now “learn” the listening preferences of the wearer and even log changes the hearing aid wearer has manually made. This information assists the hearing professional with programming changes to the hearing aids at a future appointment
- Even low-cost hearing aids offer automated volume control so the hearing aid “reads” sound levels and turns the volume up or down accordingly
- The latest hearing aids send wireless signals from the right ear to the left automatically, providing a more balanced, satisfying listening experience
- Hearing aids are able to act as a personal headset by connecting to other audio devices (i.e. cell phones, MP3 players) thanks to the integration of Bluetooth technology
In addition to improvements in technology, there have also been improvements in hearing aid design. Hearing aids are no longer big and beige but instead are sleek, compact and stylish.
Hearing aids not only improve your hearing but will improve the quality of your life. Learn more about the advancements of today’s digital hearing aids by visiting: Why Hearing Aids Don’t Suck.