Deciding On Features
Advances in digital hearing aid technology has revolutionized the hearing aid industry. Hearing aids now include many features that can automatically adapt the amplification to your changing listening environment, pair with wireless devices via Bluetooth technology and reproduce sound more naturally then they ever did before. Deciding which features we should include in your hearing aid generally depends on your lifestyle needs. Once that is assessed, we work with you to find a hearing aid that fits your budget.
Hearing Aid Features:
- Dual Microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. In simple terms, the sounds coming from the front are amplified more than those sounds coming from the rear. Most people want to hear more of the sounds they are looking towards – especially when in conversation.
- Open Technology keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminating that “talking in a barrel” effect.
- Feedback Cancellation does just that…it cancels feedback (whistling) BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
- Hands Free Technology automatically adjusts the hearing aid to your listening environment whether you are on the phone, in a crowd or in wind.
- Data Logging monitors and records details of daily use which allows us to fine tune the hearing aid based upon factual information.
- Noise Reduction takes constant sounds like background noise and reduces them. Sounds that fluctuate more (like speech) are amplified. More sophisticated hearing aids have a wider choice of degrees of noise reduction and some activate only when necessary.
- Multiple Channels can range anywhere from 4 to 20. Incoming sounds are split into corresponding frequency channels. The aid can then provide different levels of amplification for each of these channels. Most hearing impaired people have differing levels of hearing loss at different frequencies so the hearing aid needs to provide the correct level of amplification for each incoming sound.
- Wireless Coupling is for people who use two hearing aids. This feature ensures the hearing aids are working and reacting together.
- Trainable Volume Control allows the hearing aid to automatically calculate volume settings and reset itself based on previous use.
- Multiple Memories can be programmed in the hearing aid with settings for a variety of listening situations: crowds, conversations, watching TV or movies and so on. It’s common for hearing aids to have two or three of these settings.
- Remote Controls allow the user to quickly and easily make adjustments without having to touch or remove your hearing aid.
- Wireless Bluetooth Capability allows your hearing aid to be used in conjunction with cell phones, mp3 players, and other audio devices.