The Basics of Hearing Aid Technology

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What are the basics of hearing aid technology?

What are the basics of hearing aid technology? In previous entries on this blog, we have discussed more advanced features of hearing aid technology, such as wireless and Bluetooth. However, in this blog, we’re going back to basics. So, what are the basics of hearing aid technology? Please read on to find out more.  

Here Are Some Examples of Basic Hearing Aid Technology!

Input Channels: The input channels help determine how many distinct sections a hearing aid has for processing different parts of incoming sound. With more input channels, the hearing aid can be customized or programmed across more frequencies or pitches. When hearing aids are customized in this way, it is known as frequency response.

Directional Microphones: Directional microphones help improve overall sound quality. The sound quality that hearing aids provide is one of the most important factors to consider when first choosing a hearing aid. Since microphones are an essential component of hearing aid technology, you’ll want to be sure you get the best directional microphones that you can. Why are directional microphones so important? They can help block out noise from behind the user, so that speech can be easily distinguished from background noise.

Noise Reduction: Speaking of background noise, noise reduction is critical. Noise reduction can be achieved by digital systems built into the hearing aids so that unwanted and jarring noises can be quieted or even eliminated. Another type of noise reduction is known as impulse noise reduction. Impulse noise reduction can help with listening comfort. Loud noises, such as jangling car keys, rapid typing on a keyboard, and the clattering of dishes being washed can be easier on the ears for the user with the impulse noise reduction feature.

Feedback Management: Feedback can be annoying and uncomfortable. Reduce feedback with the feedback management systems that come standard with many hearing aids. Feedback management is another essential element of hearing aid technology.

Telecoils: Telecoils are a wireless element of hearing aid technology. Even the most basic models of hearing aids may be telecoil-enabled. The telecoil bypasses the microphone in a hearing aid and uses the electromagnetic signal in many telephones. This improves the signal to noise ratio and eliminates feedback while using a telephone. For hearing aid users, public venues such as tours, exhibits, and concerts are more enjoyable. The telecoil allows access to FM systems which can communicate directly to a hearing aid.

Frequency Modulation (FM): Another wireless feature of hearing aids, frequency modulation enables hearing aids to connect to FM systems.

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