Advancements in Hearing Better with Hearing Aids and other Devices
People who have hearing loss want to hear noises better, not necessarily make sounds louder. Advancements in the signal-to-noise ratio for hearing aid devices has developed quickly within the past few years. Most of these advancements include applicable and practical combinations of hearing aid devices, internet, smartphones, GPS, a multitude of wireless protocols, and more in order to customize your hearing care.
Statistics on Hearing Loss
The leading issue that is raised among 37 million Americans who suffer from audiometric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is their incapacity to comprehend speech-in-noise (SIN), not the need to hear sounds at a louder level.
Additionally, 26 million people who do not suffer from audiometric hearing loss also have difficulty hearing and/or difficulty with SIN. Instead of just making sounds louder, those who have SIN complications require hearing aids, which now have many new advancements that can improve a wearer’s ability to better comprehend SIN.
What You can do to Hear Better
In order to improve the ability to comprehend SIN, the best thing that can be done for someone with SNHL is to assist the progress of an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Some elements that have been integrated into hearing aids to advance SNR include adaptive, non-adaptive, and beamforming (a process that allows you to focus your WiFi signal) directional microphones, along with a variety of noise reduction algorithms. These algorithms improve SNR of 3 or 4 decibels (dB) in acoustic environments when it is used via open-canal fittings, or if speech babble is surrounding the wearer (like in restaurants).
There are tools like digital remote microphones or FM systems that wirelessly connect the individual speaking to the individual who is listening. Loop systems and telecoils (t-coils) can be used as a way to connect a person who is speaking to many listeners. FM and telecoils help diminish background noise and improve 12-15 dB in SNR for users.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from SNHL or have difficulty comprehending speech-in-noise, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.