How digital hearing aids have changed aural technology for the better
Technology moves at a startlingly fast pace these days. Think about mobile phones for example, years ago we used to be carrying a brick around in our bags, with a huge aerial which poked your eye out every time you went to use it; nowadays we have sleek, touch-screen phones that we simply can’t live without.
It’s not just phones and other gadgets which have taken a turn for the technologically better, but aids to help with our general health and wellbeing too. Take hearing aids, for example.
If you have a problem with your hearing and have done for many years then you may have had an old fashioned hearing aid in the past. These were large, clunky, and although they did what they were supposed to do, there was always a lot of room for improvement. Nowadays? Well, we have digital hearing aid services springing up everywhere, helping to improve hearing depending on the person’s needs and circumstances.
Digital hearing aids are the stuff of wonder, and it’s amazing how such a small piece of equipment can change a life so dramatically.
Of course, we know that hearing aids work by enhancing sounds to make your hearing louder and clearer, but one of the major perks of a digital hearing aid is that it enhances the sound of speech, rather than background noise which isn’t so important overall. Equipment is also tailor-made to your particular needs, meaning it is a truly individual piece of kit.
Like most pieces of technology these days, digital hearing aids have many different functions, and although it depends on the brand and type as to what it actually does, there are a few functions which are evident in most new hearing aids. For example, many digital hearing aids have audible indicators, which beep to tell you when the battery is low, the programme has changed, or the volume control has altered. On top of this, there are different programmes which can be pre-set by the medical professional at the time of fitting, to tailor-make your hearing aid for your particular needs.
Most digital hearing aids also have binaural synchronisation, to ensure that your hearing is balanced in both ears, creating a single hearing system, rather than one ear being louder than the other, as was often the case in the past. You may also have a hearing aid with data logging, to capture data for your hearing professional, allowing your aid to be altered and fine-tuned for your individual needs. Feedback cancellation is another handy feature, cutting out that irritating whistling noise which is created by feedback.
Like most things, the more you pay for something, the more features it has, but on the whole these are the basic features of a digital hearing aid. For something so small, it certainly packs a punch, and could certainly change the life of someone with a hearing problem for the better.
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