How Hearing Aids Work Today

How Modern Hearing Aid Technology Works to Improve Your Listening Experience

A hearing aid does much more than amplify the sounds around you. Today’s hearing devices can enhance sound quality, improve speech understanding, and provide a listening experience that is as natural as possible. However, your device also performs plenty of actions that you may never notice, all of which can benefit your senses and your lifestyle.

Hearing Aids “Talk” to Each Other

Hearing aids are all equipped with a wide range of technology, making them like miniature computers. The devices make millions of calculations per second, analyzing the sounds entering the microphones. If you purchase two hearing aids, not only does each aid calculate and process sound, the two aids are in communication with each other. Your devices work in tandem to make decisions about how to process the incoming speech and noise sounds and how to transmit them to you the best, giving you the clearest possible speech discrimination.

Data Logging

Most hearing aid models are now equipped with a data logging chip. This chip records how the hearing aids are functioning and logs data based on the environment (such as the noise level and speech levels). It also records when the patient changes the volume control on the hearing aids and how many hours a day the hearing aids are worn. This data provides invaluable insight to an audiologist and allows him or her to instantly make adjustments based on the wearer’s needs and wants, giving better hearing for the wearer’s personal lifestyle. For example, if a patient is in a noisy situation for a large percentage of time, the device can be programmed to cope with the environment and reduce background noise. (Of course, the chip does not record any conversations—it only records its own function, and not what the wearer is saying.)

Bluetooth and Wireless

Older hearing aids are equipped with a telephone coil, which allows the user to use a telephone without any feedback or whistle. This option is becoming less popular now that the newer Bluetooth option has been developed. Hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible stream the conversation wirelessly from the cell phone to the hearing device, allowing the wearer to hear the conversation in both ears simultaneously without the need to hold the phone to his or her ear.

No matter what kind of device you require, our board-certified audiologists can help you find the hearing aid that complements your lifestyle. Call the number on this page or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment in our offices today!