When you listen to music--whether it is at home, playing an instrument, or at a concert--you certainly want to fully focus on and enjoy it. People with hearing aids are no different. However, for 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, musical sounds are tremendously varied. What makes it hard for manufacturers of hearing aids is that there are significant difference between verbal and musical output and perception, as studies have shown.
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, therefore, a 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 loudness 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 versus someone else will differ, so engineers have a harder time in tuning hearing aids to proper settings.
Signia’s solution for musical sound quality
Don’t worry, though. At a touch of a button, special sound technology can now be activated. 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, due to a particular programming sequence. There’s a different programming sequence for recorded music. And for musicians and singers with hearing problems, there is now a full dynamic range of sound. You won’t miss out, like in the past. Soon there will be more information available about hearing aid technology. For more information, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.