With the rapid advancement in hearing technology, it can be a bit tricky to keep up and understand the terminology important to your hearing aid purchase. At Sound Choice Hearing Center, we want to help those seeking information about hearing aid options understand some common terms and what they do.
Following is our review of terms that may be important in your selection of the best hearing aid that meets your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
Bands and Channels
These features refer to the ability to adjust hearing aid settings to best fit individual hearing loss needs. The more bands and channels a hearing aid has, the better it can be programmed to perform for the wearer.
One of the biggest problems for hearing aid wearers has been the annoying whistling called feedback. It can be caused caused by a number of things, such as hugging a loved one, having the hearing aid brushed by hair or simply being outside on a windy day. Recent innovation in hearing aid technology has virtually eliminated buzzing and whistling caused by feedback in hearing aids without compromising performance.
While a traditional hearing aid simply amplified all sounds, technology has adapted greatly to how the hearing aid should perform in many different environments. For instance, certain hearing aid settings may perform more appropriately in social settings as opposed to in the car or outside in the wind. By having multiple memories, hearing aids can switch into different programming settings for optimal performance.
The microphone component of a hearing aid amplifies incoming sounds for greater audibility. In the recent years, advancements have been made with the microphone to help it focus on targeted sounds, such as conversations, and reduce background noises. This directional functionality has proved beneficial for helping ease the struggle of hearing speech in noisy environments.
Telephone Coil/ Compatibility
Many hearing aids today have advanced telephone compatibility. With Automatic Telephone Solutions, these hearing aids virtually eliminate feedback while automatically adjusting for optimal communication on the telephone.
This allows the user to connect directly – and wirelessly – to most media devices. TV, radio and computer can be heard in stereo-quality sound directly through the hearing aid.
At Sound Choice Hearing Center, we understand that the rapid advancements in hearing aid technology may make understanding these features confusing. We want to ensure that every patient gets the right hearing aids to best meet their hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
To start this process, we recommend a complimentary hearing evaluation and consultation. To set up an appointment for you or a loved one, simply visit the Contact page of our website or call us today at 317-292-9854 to request more information.