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What are the Different Hearing Aid Features?

What are the Different Hearing Aid Features?

When it comes to hearing aids today, there are many different features you can consider having in your hearing aids. Many features now come standard, but it is nice to know a little more about what the different options are.

  • Bluetooth technology. Hearing aids now have the amazing ability to link up with many different types of electronic devices through the use of Bluetooth. It can link with your cellphone, vehicle, home theatre and TV, the cinema, really anywhere that has Bluetooth connect ability you can link your hearing aids to. This ability allows the user greater listening comfort in any environment.
  • Data logging. Data logging helps not only you, but your audiologist to know and understand the usage of your hearing aids. It also helps all parties to understand where changes need to be made in each of the different programs or if perhaps a different type of hearing aid is need because the current one is not quite meeting the needs of the wearer.
  • Feedback reduction. This feature helps to reduce the noise and feedback that can occur within the hearing aid, around other electronics and with competing noise surrounding the hearing aid.
  • Directional microphone. With a directional microphone a person is able to listen more comfortably in loud or noisy environments. The hearing aid is able to focus and amplify the sounds coming from the front, while dampening the background sounds or the noise that is coming from behind the person.
  • Feedback reduction. Hearing aids help to reduce feedback that can occur around the wearer in many different environments. This helps to give the user a more comfortable listening experience.
  • Frequency shifting. For those with severe-to-profound hearing loss it can be difficult to get the amplification needed in the higher frequencies without causing severe feedback to occur. Frequency shifting allows the person to hear these high frequencies, but at lower frequencies, thus shifting the frequency to allow the user improved speech understanding and hearing.
  • Programs. Hearing aids today do not simply amplify all of the sound around a person. A person can have specific programs within their hearing aids for different environments, whether loud or quiet. The number of programs depends on the user and the amount of programs a specific hearing aid can hold.
  • Remote controls. Remote controls are not for everyone, but for those with dexterity problems remote controls can be a lifesaver. Remote controls can help to switch between programs, as well as change the volume level of hearing when required by the wearer.
  • Tinnitus masking. In addition to helping with hearing loss issues, hearing aids can also improve the lives of individuals suffering from tinnitus. Many hearing aids today are equipped with tinnitus masking abilities, which helps to ease the ringing or buzzing sounds experienced by tinnitus sufferers.

When deciding what hearing aid features are ideal for you, be sure to discuss the options with your audiologist. Your audiologist will help you find the best hearing aid for your lifestyle and hearing loss needs.