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How Technology Has Revolutionised the Hearing Aid Experience

by Regina Perry

With advancing age comes certain challenges. Some people experience a gradual loss in some of their faculties and this may affect their hearing. If you find that it's difficult for you to have a normal conversation anymore, then you may be looking for ways to fix this issue. Many different products are now available on the market and most of these have taken advantage of digital technology to provide a superior performance. What innovations can you look forward to, as you choose a hearing aid device?

Sophisticated Processor

Much of the improvement has taken place in the way that incoming sound is processed. Now, a signal is converted instantaneously into a digital version and then augmented, so that very accurate sound pressure waves are sent through. This can cut down on the age-old problem of high-frequency whistling and any noise in the periphery. The sound quality is markedly improved.

Such is the accuracy of the processor included within the device that it can distinguish between background noise such as a car engine and the appropriate human speech. It is able to cut out what is not important and amplify whatever is.

Dealing with Unpredictability

The technology is also able to deal with sudden and unpredictable noises very quickly, so that it does not impact on the important audio input. For example, if somebody were to activate a car horn in the background suddenly, the processor is able to immediately negate that input and carry on. This means that you can carry on a conversation in even the most unpredictable situations.

Cancelling Feedback

If you've ever used an old-fashioned hearing aid in the past, you may have been affected by a sudden, high-pitched whistling noise, also known as electronic feedback. This would be especially annoying when you placed a cell phone close to the ear, for example. Today, however, adaptive cancellation will predict that this is likely to happen and automatically cancel it out by inserting a specific opposite signal. Furthermore, this is seamlessly applied without you even noticing.

These devices also contain microphones that are equally as sophisticated and can automatically adapt to the source of any sound. These directional microphones are dynamically adjusted, to focus on the conversation of your partner.

Link to a Phone

Best quality hearing aids can also be paired up with an app for a smart phone. This means that they can be programmed very personally with individual memories for specific situations. This gives the wearer even more control over the device and their experience.

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