Advances in hearing aid technology mean that we now have many more functions in hearing aids than ever before. This allows for individual lifestyle and needs to be taken into account when selecting which hearing aid is right for you. The cost of a hearing aids generally depends on the technology and the features that the hearing aid includes — not necessarily how the hearing aid looks.
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Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Digital hearing aids first came to market in 1987 with two manufacturers introducing hearing aids with digital signal processing (DSP) before the end of the 1980’s.
Digital hearing aids can divide the sounds into many components based on frequency, time, or intensity information and apply different algorithms to manipulate the sound for a given individual. This results in a more precise tuning of the sound shape for the hearing impaired user. Digital hearing aids automatically perform feedback suppression, speech enhancement, noise reduction, and pattern recognition. Digital hearing aids can also monitor the battery voltage resulting in less drain and increased battery life.
The best part of this technology is that all these adjustments happen automatically for the user. So, as complicated as this all sounds, the user doesn’t even have to worry about the technical part. In fact, from an ease-of-use point of view, digital hearing aids are easy to use — just put them in your ear and go.
Digital technology is more stable over time. There are fewer components to go wrong and fewer components that are susceptible to moisture and aging changes. This means that the sound you experience on the first day you receive the hearing aid stays consistent until the program is changed.
Ultra Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Ultra Digital Hearing Aids are an inexpensive, entry-level device. They are a true open-fit, behind-the-ear hearing aid and boast a low price compared to many other digital hearing aids with similar features.
One example of this is The Songbird Ultra. This unit delivers advanced features at an affordable price. With dynamic feedback cancellation, noise reduction and an additional sound boost, the Songbird Ultra provides a comfortable and customizable fit. It’s behind-the-ear design makes the aid discreet and comfortable to wear whenever and wherever you need it.
Wireless Bluetooth Hearing Aid Technology
Highly advanced instruments use this technology to communicate with each other when wearing two hearing instruments. This can provide the following features:
Binaural Synchronisation – Wireless technology intelligently synchronizes sound processing, compression, automatics, noise reduction and directionality in the hearing aids on both sides to preserve speech intelligibility in all situations.
Binaural Coordination – with wireless technology, wearers can use the control only on one side to operate both devices simultaneously for ease of use and a more balanced sound picture.
Wireless connectivity + Bluetooth Interface – Enables hearing aids to wirelessly connect to mobile phone or other Bluetooth devices.
Advancing hearing aid technology means that hearing aids are now made more durable, smaller and easier to use — and they are able to provide a better sound quality than ever before.