Hearing aids come with an array of features in order to provide the best sound quality for each user. The professionals at Augusta Audiology will assist in educating you on these features and determining which are best for your lifestyle and meet your budget.
Hearing aids contain a computer processor inside that analyzes and changes the sound information to best suit your hearing loss. The processor allows the hearing aid to be programmed using a computer which allows us to set the aid specifically for your hearing loss.
Microphones are used in all hearing aids to pick up sounds from the environment. Current technology allows for microphones to be considered directional, or able to boost the volume of a signal of interest coming from one direction while decreasing other distracting noises. This helps to provide increased understanding of speech in background noise.
Most of the time these directional microphones function automatically based on the amount of noise the hearing aids detect. However, with the use of additional accessories or cell phone app use (when compatible), the patient is able to choose the direction in which the microphones pick up sound. This can be helpful in the most challenging listening environments like loud restaurants or when riding in the car.
Wireless Communication Between Hearing Aids
Wireless technology has become an integral part of hearing aid performance. Just as one is able to access the internet on a laptop computer without being plugged into a wall for service, hearing aids are able to communicate with one another without being wired together.
When the hearing aids are able to communicate, the listening experience is much more flawless and natural. Should one hearing aid pick up high levels of background noise, it has the ability to send a signal to the other device to increase the gain, always allowing for the best possible signal to reach the listener’s ears. The availability of wireless technology in hearing aids has also brought about the use of accessories in conjunction with the hearing aids, in addition to Bluetooth direct streaming to smart phones.
Accessories such as remote controls, television adaptors, companion microphones, and connectivity to cellular telephones; further enhance the listening experience of the individual. Please see our Accessories page for additional information.
Many hearing aids are made to pair wirelessly with your smartphone (Apple and Android devices) in order to provide wireless streaming of phone calls and other media directly through the hearing aids. This provides a clear sound delivered through both devices allowing the hearing aid wearer to better understand phone conversations and enjoy music clarity. Most hearing aids have a compatible app for that phone that enables the wearer to have even more control at their fingertips.
For hearing aid users that also suffer from tinnitus (a perceived ringing, buzzing, or chirping noise that) special programs are created to help treat these symptoms. These programs are programmed into the hearing aid for everyday use by the patient.
Low Battery and Signal
Many hearing aid users question whether they will know when it is time to change the batteries in their hearing aids or worry that they will be in the midst of something important and have to stop to change a used battery. Hearing aids are enabled to produce a signal or command alerting you that it is soon time to change the battery and another signal when the battery has completely depleted and the hearing aid is turning off. These signals can be made louder or softer depending on your needs and preferences to help you determine when it is time for a new battery.
Hearing aids can now be equipped with rechargeable batteries. They take on various forms from lithium ion batteries to fuel cells, all with the goal of eliminating the need to change batteries on a weekly basis. Rechargeable hearing aids usually charge within a few hours and will provide at least a full day’s use on one charge.
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