Many people who wear hearing aids look for specific features to improve the quality of their daily life and restore ease to tasks and familiarity to environments. Among features most often singled out as important are multiple program settings, including automatic noise level adjustment to help hearing aids instantly compensate for loud environments or crowded rooms.
Specific hearing aid features that improve user experience include:
This is a small sensor or copper wire inside the hearing aid, which can be activated to wirelessly pick up signals from hearing-aid-compatible telephones and public address systems. This can make it easier for users to enjoy music in a concert hall or hear a speaker at a conference, by enhancing the main sound coming through the PA system and significantly reducing most background noise, such as people talking nearby.
This can help users by emphasizing noise coming from the direction they are facing, and minimizing sound from either side or the rear. Directional microphones are less useful out-of-doors, where wind noise can interfere, but are excellent for crowded rooms as focus can be placed on the speaker directly interacting with the user.
Digital feedback reduction can cut down on high-pitched whistling sounds which often occur when the user is talking on a telephone and the jaw is moving, slightly shifting a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. It can also provide for better sound quality for listeners who have good hearing in low pitch ranges.
Digital noise reduction can improve listener comfort and communication in noisy environments. While not sufficient in all situations, this option can block out some background noise to make it easier to hear and understand speech.
These features can improve the listening and hearing experience for those who who live an active lifestyle, who work in environments with lots of noise input from different sources, or anyone who needs hearing aids which function at a high level.
Many people who wear hearing aids look for specific features to improve the quality of their daily life and restore ease to tasks and familiarity to environments.