When you listen to music--whether it is at home, while playing an instrument, or at a concert--you want to fully focus on it and enjoy it. Hearing aid users are no different. For hearing aid wearers, the experience can seem daunting. The depth and richness of the music might be reduced. It’s good that the clarity and amplification of speech will sound great, but it is unpleasant to realize that the natural music listening experience may be a challenge.
Human speech vs. instrumental sounds
Compared to speech, there is a much wider variety of musical sounds. What makes it hard for manufacturers of hearing aids is that there are significant differences between verbal and musical output and perception.
The vocal tract is made up of a set of cavities and tubes, creating human speech. Regardless of the language, the way we form speech sounds is similar because the speech spectrum is generally limited and consistent. The task is an easy one for engineers tapping into the human speech spectrum. All they have to do is identify which sounds need to be amplified and/or clarified.
With music, however, the spectrum for sound is much larger, posing difficulties. Bassoons and violins, for example, are able to create diverse sounds at different volumes and frequencies. While the goal of hearing aids is to make speech sounds audible and clear enough for normal perception, hearing music, which is subjective, creates a more complex task for engineers. The quality of musical sound is a matter of personal perception, so the challenge is to match what seems right for music, whether it is rock, classical, or some other style. What sounds good to you and what sounds good to someone else will differ, so engineers have a harder time in tuning hearing aids to proper settings.
Signia’s solution for musical sound quality
Signia’s hearing aids allow users to connect their smartphone to their hearing aids using Bluetooth technology. No matter what your musical preference, detail-rich HD output can now be mastered. Signia has the solution and is moving forward with steady progress. You can now enjoy a classical recital, rock concert, or any other live concert, from a particular programming sequence. There’s a different programming sequence for recorded music. For musicians and singers with hearing problems, there is now a full dynamic range of sound. Stop missing out on better sound quality and set up an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more information to improve your listening experience.