Hearing Aid Features

Modern Hearing AidsIf you still picture hearing aids as awkward, noisy, glaringly noticeable, feedback producing devices – it is time you took a second look. The modern styles available will amaze you.

There are digital hearing aids available today that make the subtlest sounds possible to hear. Some styles are so discreet, you can't notice them. For a better idea of the types of hearing aids available click here.

 


What is a digital hearing aid?

When people experience hearing loss, the degree of loss normally varies across different frequencies of sound. Digital hearing aids break sounds into different frequency bands, amplifying each band the necessary amount so you can hear better. 

How digital hearing aids work
 


 

 

 

Before digital hearing devices, we used analogue hearing aids. These hearing aids had two frequency bands: high frequency and low frequency. Digital hearing aids break the sound into as many as 48 frequency bands. This results in a more tailored solution.

 

Say Goodbye to Feedback

Feedback occurs when a microphone picks up the sound generated by a nearby amplifier, resulting in a squealing or whistling sound. Some people avoid wearing hearing aids, because they are afraid of these embarrassing sounds. Digital hearing aids are designed to counteract this problem as soon as it occurs. The devices are equipped to detect and address the soundwave causing the feedback within fractions of a second.

 

Open fit acousticsOpen fit hearing aids

With older style hearing aids, people would occasionally complain that when they spoke, they sounded as if they were underwater. New open fit hearing aids solve this problem. They are designed to fit discreetly behind the ear, with a very small tube and silicon earpiece entering the ear canal. This style of hearing aid is designed to provide greater ventilation.

 

Noise management in hearing aidsNoise management

Background noise often torments people experiencing hearing loss. Speech becomes lost and garbled in a sea of competing noises. Older hearing aids would amplify all noises equally – even the background noise – so wearers would still experience difficulty.

Modern hearing aids offer a solution to this problem. These innovative devices are able to distinguish background noise and reduce its amplification across all frequency bands. The number of computations and adjustments made by these devices within milliseconds is astonishing.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directional MicrophonesDirectional microphones

Modern hearing aids can reduce background noise.  This is done by using more than one microphone. Even though the microphones are millimetres apart, the device can pinpoint which microphone is closest to the sounds you want to hear.

The device does this by measuring the amount of time it takes noises to reach each microphone. If you are having a conversation with someone in a crowded area, the microphone facing that person will receive more amplification, while the microphone facing the background noise to the rear will receive less amplification.


Connecting to other devices

You can now connect modern hearing aids via Bluetooth to digital televisions, iPods, tablets, laptops, smartphones and nearly any other Bluetooth enabled device. Read more about this technology here.

 

Programming your hearing aid for different environments

Modern hearing aids can be programmed to enhance your listening experience within different environments. This can occur manually by switching between multiple pre-programmed settings with the press of a button. For example, selecting a special program for background noise or music. Highly advanced hearing aids will analyse the wearer’s environment and switch between these settings automatically.  

 

Free hearing appointment

Call 5443 6633 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday to book your free, no obligation hearing appointment. The free hearing appointment is valid for people aged 55 years or older.  We have clinics located throughout the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore, Buddina, Caloundra, Cooroy, Noosa Heads and Nambour.  We also have a clinic at Gympie.