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Hearing aids have come a long way in the past decade, and continue to advance in terms of technology, features, usability and more. Some devices are now so small; they can be placed right inside the ear, making them virtually unnoticeable.
Here are some of the special features available in today’s digital hearing aids:
- Precise fine-tuning & programming
- Wireless technology
- Powerful noise reduction
- Programs for various listening situations
- Automatic focus and sounds amplification
- Sound/music therapy for tinnitus
- Fine-tuning option to optimise performance
Some hearing aids allow fine-tuning of the various functions in order to customise the device to fit the user perfectly. This includes more precise tuning of sound increments to better match your hearing needs via hearing aid channels adjustment.
Consult a qualified audiologist regularly to keep up-to-date on your hearing loss condition, and use the results to re-program your hearing aid.
- Wireless connection to smartphones and televisions
This feature enables the user to enjoy activities such as watching television and talking on mobile phones. Even better, the recent availability of a specially designed cordless phone enables incoming calls to be transmitted to hearing aids worn on both ears simultaneously. This will reduce noise and maximise understanding of words. Family members without hearing loss can use the cordless phone just like a regular phone.
A similar wireless accessory can also be used to connect any Bluetooth enabled smart phone to hearing aids which maximise speech intelligibility over the mobile phone conversation.
- Contra Lateral Routing of Signal (CROS) hearing aids
For individuals with one good hearing ear and one profoundly impaired ear, picking up sound from the poor ear can be difficult. This group of patients with single-sided hearing loss will always face difficulty with the speakers are not position on the side of the good ear. CROS hearing aids are designed for these patients. CROS aid consists of two parts:
- The CROS aid has a microphone that picks up sounds and voices from the non-hearing ear and wirelessly transmits them to the hearing aid on the other ear.
- The hearing aid receives signals from the non-hearing ear and plays it to the good ear.
Automatic focus and amplification of speech source in crowded places
Users of older hearing aids often experience overwhelming background noise when they engage in social exchanges. With advancements in hearing aid technology, the device can now automatically focus on the person speaking (while minimising background noise), allowing for clearer conversations.
- Helping tinnitus patients
Tinnitus – when a person experiences ringing sounds in the ear – is a common but potentially severe issue, causing distress to sufferers. What is less commonly known is that tinnitus patients often suffer from hearing loss as well.
Specifically designed hearing aids can amplify sounds while masking these ringing sounds in a process called habituation. In addition, some hearing aids even come equipped with relaxing music to help tinnitus patients cope with the stress of the problem and speed up the habituation process.