Hearing Aid Features
Choosing a hearing aid is sometimes difficult. There are many features available on certain styles or sizes of hearing aids and in different levels of price and technological advancment.
The following is a list of some of the features available on hearing aids and what benefits those features may provide for you.
- Directional microphones: Directional microphones have possibly been the most advantageous feature added to hearing aids in the last few years. This feature is most beneficial in background noise situations.
- Multiple memories: This feature is like having multiple hearing aids in one. On some models of hearing aids there is either a button or switch that allows the user to physically set the hearing aid to another response. An example is listening to music. Hearing aids are designed to make soft sounds audible and loud sounds comfortable. Music is characteristically loud and therefore the hearing aid interprets it as noise and reduces certain frequencies which actually distorts the pure tone quality of the music. Now you can have a setting in your hearing aid specifically for music that is accessible by the push of a button.
- Feedback Manager: Have you ever heard a persons hearing aid whistle or maybe heard your own whistle. The only time that a hearing aid should whistle is when you take it out or put it in therefore breaking the seal. It should not whistle when you chew, talk or move your head. Some of the hearing aids available today have a system that detects the whistle and cancels it out.
- Noise Reduction: Hearing aids will more than likely never be smart enough to know what we want to hear and what we don't; however, they are able to make an educated guess. Noisy environments are one of the most difficult areas for people to discriminate speech. Some of the most advanced hearing aids will reduce what they determine is noise by its constant pattern.