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Hearing Aids Part II- Features and More

Saturday, January 9, 2016 7:11:00 PM Australia/Melbourne

We’ve discussed how hearing aids work and the different varieties to look for out in the market. Now it’s time to cover features that have been integrated to the different types that we discussed. These features can maximize your ability to hear in different specific situations:

 

Hearing Aids Part II

Noise reduction: This might sound counterintuitive for those with hearing loss, but white noise can be extremely detrimental to noise identification, and active participation in day-to-day conversations. Noise reduction can remove white noise like traffic or loud music if you’re in the middle of an activity, which requires concentration.


Rechargeable batteries: The battery life of a hearing aid is increasingly more important. After all, you don’t want to be replacing your battery more frequently than you have to, it’s a nuisance. There are now models in the market that limit maintenance and eliminate the maintenance of regularly replacing your battery.


Telecoils: telecoils help amplify noise if you’re using a telecoil-compatible phone system. What does a telecoil do? It removes all the sounds in your environment so that you can only hear what the person on the other end of the phone is saying. Telecoils can even pick up the signals on public induction loop systems. These are frequently found in both churches and theaters, so that the user can enjoy a concert, a movie or a play.


Directional microphones: Directional microphones can help the user hone in and focus on the important noises at hand. They’re aligned on the hearing aid model to pick up on the noise in front of you and reduce the noise around or behind you. These also assist with white noise or background noise.


Remote controls: Many users don’t want to be fussing with their hearing aid to make changes or adjustments, especially as they’re getting used to it. One feature available on some models is a compatible remote control. The remote control allows you to make the adjustments that you need without touching the hearing aid itself.


Direct audio input: Direct audio input works similarly to a headphone or auxiliary cord, plugging directly into different audio devices, so that you can better hear music or television.


Wireless capabilities: With the ever-increasing dependency on technology as it relates to everything around us, wireless connectivity in hearing aids has become a huge trend. If a hearing aid has wireless connectivity, then it can interface with any Bluetooth-compatible devices around. This includes televisions, cellphone and any music players.


Synchronization: Many users have two hearing aids, and it can be tricky to sync up the sounds. Synchronization creates an adjustment to one of the hearing aids so that any changes made will automatically be programmed for the other hearing aid.


Variable programming: variable programming is another feature takes a lot of the maintenance out of the hearing aid for the user. It entails the ability to store your preprogrammed settings related to different environments that you may be in, or various listening needs that you may have.

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