How are you going to choose which hearing aids are going to work for your specific hearing needs?
The features of each hearing aid are slightly different but unique.
Canceling Feedback Noises
This feature is available in the most basic hearing aids. It recognizes any whistling and feedback sounds and then cancels them out. It also reduces the annoying and distracting noises that come with feedback sounds.
Automated Noise Reduction
This feature is also available in the majority of hearing aids. Automatic Noise Reduction can identify background noises and block out some of those sounds. It won’t make them completely disappear, but it will significantly reduce the amount of distracting noises that you do hear.
Low Battery Signal
When the battery power in your hearing aid runs low and needs to be replaced with a fresh one, the hearing aid will make a sound. This is especially useful for anyone who forgets to change their battery and winds up with hearing aids that are not functioning at their best. This feature, along with keeping extra batteries with you at all times, should make you worry less about whether the hearing aid will stop working when you are out and about.
The microphone is one of the most essential parts of a hearing aid. There are varieties of hearing aid styles. Each type harnesses sounds in different ways. An adaptive (directional) microphone, will focus on where the speech is emanating from, whereas an omni-directional microphone will gather sounds within a 180-degree radius. If you wear two hearing aids, sounds will be picked up from any direction.
A tinnitus masker is not a regular feature in every hearing aid. A tinnitus masker will create a low-level sound to cover up the noise that comes with tinnitus. This is also known as a combination device. The hearing aid will create a low, and consistent sound that you cannot hear to mask the tinnitus. It may not work for everyone, but it has helped many people.
Hearing aids are only as helpful as the person who programs them. If you’d like to learn more about features that are available in hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists.