Types of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids have come a long way from the proverbial ear trumpet. With the huge advances in technology, we are now able to provide hearing aids that are completely invisible as well as the standard over the ear hearing aid. The possibilities are endless, which is why we have provided a short summary here.
Ultimately, your hearing aid will be determined based off of your personal needs and chosen to best fit your personal lifestyle. A sure way to discover which hearing aid is best for you to consult with one of our trained hearing aid specialist.
The Newest Hearing Aids
With all of the different options comes a wide variety of functions, feels and appearances. They can be so small that they are virtually invisible, so “cool” looking that you will want everyone to see them and so natural sounding, they mimic the way you used to hear before you experienced hearing loss.
One of the most popular options is the digital hearing aid. With their incredible feel and amazing sound, it is no question as to why thousands of clients have fallen in love with this innovative technology.
What You Need to Know about Conventional (Analog) Hearing Aids
Conventional analog hearing aids basically amplify the world around you and feature manual volume controls and manual fine-tuning. Although this option provides limited flexibility in meeting individual needs, they are ideal for listening in easy, relatively quiet situations, such as one-on-one conversation and listening to the television.
Why Wireless Hearing Aids Are So Popular
Imagine you’re watching television in your living room. Your hearing aid is working fine until–the kids sit down next to you and start a loud conversation, the clattering of dishes in the kitchen seem to echo, the neighbors relentless canine begins to bark and your neighborhood’s annual street party comes a day early. With wireless hearing aid technology you can say goodbye to the unwanted noise and hello to the comfort of easy, natural listening.
Nobody wants to walk around worrying about people staring at a huge piece of equipment that is strapped to your head. Our patients tell us all the time that they don’t want anyone to notice their hearing aids. That’s why we work to provide hearing aids that are meant to work and not be seen.
Are Assistive Listening Devices the Solution?
Specific hearing needs call for specific assistive listening devices that are listed in these general categories:
Assistive listening devices typically use a microphone to capture an audio source near its origin and broadcast it wirelessly to over an FM (Frequency Modulation) transmission, IR (Infra Red) transmission, IL (Induction Loop) transmission or other transmission method.
FM systems use radio signals to transmit amplified sounds up to 300 feet. This technology becomes highly useful in situations such as classroom situations where teachers wear small microphones that can be transmitted directly to a student’s assisted listening device.
Infrared systems use infrared light to transmit sound. Due to the fact that infrared signals can’t pass though walls like induction loop or FM systems, this technology becomes choice for sensitive situations such as in a courtroom. However, in situations where there are several light sources or the lights are too bright, infrared technology might not be the best choice.
A simple way to still achieve clear listening conditions when the above systems are not available is to use personal amplifiers. These cell phone-sized devices increase sound levels and reduce background noise for the user. Some are equipped with directional microphones that can be pointed toward a speaker or other source of sound. As with other ALDs, the amplified sound can be picked up by a receiver that the listener is wearing, either as a headset or as ear buds.