When it comes down to it, all hearing aids are made up of just four parts: a microphone, processor, receiver and power source. But with those basic components, manufactures have created a wide variety of hearing device designs containing ever-changing technology. Below is a breakdown of just a few of the recent technological advances available in newer hearing aid models.
Sound Processing & Frequency Response
Sound processing, which is the term for when sounds enter the hearing aid and are sorted into channels, is nothing new, as all hearing aids do this. But newer hearing aids have the technology needed to process sounds better.
When sounds are sectioned into specific channels, they are digitized and amplified. Newer hearing aids have more flexibility when it comes to channels and can amplify only the sounds you need based on your specific degree of hearing loss.
The ability to program a hearing aid to only amplify sounds within a specific channel is called frequency response.
Bluetooth technology is one of the most popular methods of wirelessly connecting two devices. Newer hearing aids contain this technology, which allows them to connect with your cellphone and other Bluetooth devices around your home or office. Because the signal is able to bypass the microphone and enter the hearing aid processor, the process can eliminate feedback and improve your listening experience. This makes listening to your music while out on a walk at White Rock Lake Park even easier.
Newer premium hearing aids on the market contain artificial intelligence (AI). AI can keep track of your volume control preferences and program settings when in certain sound environments. Then the hearing aid will automatically make these changes next time it determines that you are in that environment. This process can actually mimic how your brain used to hear sounds before the onset of hearing loss.
Almost all hearing aid manufactures have released smartphone applications to go along with their devices. These apps allow the user to adjust the settings on their hearing aids and monitor battery life right from their cellphone, without having to fiddle with their hearing aids.
In addition, these apps can work as assistive listening devices by sending the sound source, such as a phone call, directly to the processor inside the hearing aid. To learn more about the advances in current hearing aid technology or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, contact Total Hearing Care of Dallas today.