Hearing Aids Overview
The Latest Achievements in Hearing Aid Technology Provides Many Solutions for You
If you are in the market for hearing aids, the best solution for you is the one you’ll feel comfortable wearing while fitting your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Don’t settle for less than the best, but take action now by allowing Lifesounds Hearing Healthcare to help you hear with the most advanced hearing technologies available today.
With so many options to choose from, it can be a bit confusing. Trust in the expertise of Lifesounds Hearing Healthcare to help guide you and work with you, step by step, in the selection of the best hearing solution that fits your hearing health needs.
Before you start the process, however, here are some ABC’s of hearing aid basics to help you learn and understand hearing aids a little better as you begin your journey to better hearing:
Hearing Aid Components
All hearing aids contain three basic electronic components: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker/receiver.
The small microphone collects sounds and sends them to the amplifier, which changes the sound, based on your hearing loss, by analyzing and converting the sounds using a tiny but powerful computer chip processor. These manipulated sounds then get transmitted to the speaker/receiver which allows you to hear the sound signals much more clearly.
Which hearing aid is right for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss, the environment where you want to hear better, your lifestyle and budget. There are about six major style categories available on the market today, but not all styles are suitable for all degrees of hearing loss. The style is relative to how the hearing aid looks, feels, and fits in your ear.
Hearing Aid Styles
Receiver-In-Canal (RIC / RITE)
Hearing Aid Technology & Features
Many manufacturers have introduced hearing aid product lines where various styles share some of the same features and others incorporate more advanced features. Below are just a few of the available technologies and features that most hearing aids offer today. There are so many options available today but, in general, there are four main technology levels: Economy, Basic, Advanced, and Ultimate. Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Speech Recognition Technology
The newest hearing aids on the market today all include some form of technology that helps improve speech understanding. Many include more advanced features such as dual microphones to help speech clarity in noisy environments. These types of technologies help those with hearing loss make conversing with others an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Direct, Wireless Connectivity Technology
These days, everyone is streaming some type of device into their ears. Therefore many people with hearing loss are also seeking out hearing aids that offer direct, wireless connectivity technology. Hearing aid users that have hearing aids with wireless capabilities can now stream music or even conversations from their smartphone or tablet directly to their hearing aids, along with hearing TV or home phones in stereo.
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Technology
Like with our smartphones, tablets, or laptops, rechargeable hearing aid options are also available. The popularity of such devices has grown substantially over the years. The majority of hearing aid manufacturers today offer at least one if not more options for rechargeable hearing devices. No more batteries to charge! This technology is especially helpful for those with eyesight or dexterity issues and is highly recommended.
Tinnitus Therapy Technology
Many of those who experience hearing loss also experience tinnitus. Tinnitus can be described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or chirping sound in one or both ears. Many hearing aid manufacturers have incorporated new tinnitus therapy technologies within the hearing aid itself to help combat issues by aiding in masking those uncomfortable sounds and thereby providing relief to the tinnitus sufferer.
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