Hearing aid technology
Aids advanced as computer technology advanced
Today digital hearing aids can stream your iPhone or TV directly into your hearing aid. You can also stream music directly into your hearing aids. All this can be done while also pressing a button for the calming sound of ocean waves or a babbling brook to mask unwanted Tinnitus sounds in your ears. As technology advanced, computer chips and hearing aids became smaller and more robust. You can control the hearing aids with your smart phone, a remote on your key chain, or a handheld remote. In most sizes, you can enjoy incredible speech clarity with a friend or in a meeting with a lot of other people.
“I started using my new hearing aids from the Lansdowne Hearing Aid Center about a year ago and I am hearing better than ever! The staff was courteous, attentive to my needs and prompt in delivering a quality set of hearing aids just as promised. The flexibility of settings for everyday use, inside and outside noise control, and TV/music is very practical and the shift from one setting to another on my cell phone is quick and easy. I am grateful for the quality professional service I received at the Lansdowne Hearing Aid Center!”
Father Tom M.
Hearing aids of today
Today, analog hearing aids no longer exist and were replaced with digital hearing aids which exponentially increased the speech clarity in multiple environments, allowed for digital signal processing, and allows many user benefits to hearing aid users. Analog hearing aids were simply amplifiers. Digital hearing aids are noticeably smaller and more powerful than the aids of the past.
Some features of today’s hearing aids includes the capability to listen to the TV or your iPhone directly into your hearing aid or control your hearing aids with your smart phone app. More recently, Signia introduced the Own Voice technology which makes it more natural sounding for the user to hear their own voice.
Designs of today
Most people know that the hearing aids can fit completely in the ear or in back of the ear with a receiver or mold placed in the ear canal. These two design types are called ITE’s or In-The-Ear styles and BTE’s or Behind the Ear types. Both types of digital aids are more robust than the analog aid of the past that your grandfather wore.
ITE hearing aids (In-The-Ear)
Functions of today
The functions of digital hearing aids are to improve the speech clarity for users in everyday and demanding environments which also providing ease of use and care. This greatly improves the quality of life for users as speech understanding has positive effects on attitude, heart health, avoidance of falling, diabetes and other health issues. Some general categories of functionality are addressed below:
- Speech clarity: Larger hearing aid behind the ear has an ear hook which connects to tubing that delivers sound to a mold in the ear. An impression is taken to create this mold.
- Reduction of background noise: Similar to the above BTE, but the tubing is thinner for visual reasons. An impression is taken to create this mold.
- Directional speech capability: Digital processing detects voices and helps to determine the voice of interest and focus on capturing speech clarity of that person.
- Feedback cancellation: Circuitry and software combine with frequency shifting to eliminate unnecessary feedback for the user.
- Wind noise reduction: Wind noise characteristics can be detected and the aids can eliminate or dramatically reduce the effective sound of these noises.
- Remote control: Although most hearing aids can be manually operated, it is usually recommended to control the hearing aids remotely as physical touching creates opportunities to accidentally remove the hearing aids.
- Bluetooth streaming: Ease of use is captured when someone answers their iPhone and hears directly into their aid or they watch TV and hear the football game directly into their hearing aids. It is absolutely incredible.