Technological Advances in Digital Sound Processing Hearing Aids


Did you know that it’s been over 20 years since the first digital hearing aids come out on the market? Since then, millions of people with hearing loss problems have found solutions in the form of these digital audio-processing devices. What was life like before these devices were invented? We’re going to talk a bit about that in the article below. If you’re a senior receiving in-home care in San Mateo, be sure to speak with your Caregiver and family members about getting a hearing aid if you’re experiencing hearing loss problems.

Before the technological advancements of the digital hearing aid, hearing aids were pretty simple devices. You could only turn the volume up and down, much like the stereo in your car. There weren’t any other options than that. When you turned that toggle up, everything would become louder, even sounds that didn’t need to be any louder, like a car honking its horn. When you turned it down, everything would be softer, including the conversations you were trying to have with family members. As you can probably guess, this got pretty frustrating for many seniors and other people facing hearing problems.

Everything changed in 1996 when digital hearing aids were introduced to the world. This technological advancement would go on to change the lives of all those seniors who were stuck with hearing aids that didn’t work for them. These new hearing aids were completely customizable for the individual hearing situation that each senior found himself or herself in. Doctors were finally able to customize hearing aids based on what each senior needed to hear more of. For example, if someone was having trouble hearing conversations with family members, then that could be customized into the hearing aid.

Thanks to this new hearing aid technology, pretty much everything can now be heard. Even those sounds that you might have forgotten even existed are now loud and clear. That said, this technology also requires a bit of an adjustment period. Your ears will slowly adjust and learn to block out any unnecessary background noise, such as the refrigerator running, while hearing the sounds that you really do need to hear, such as the timer on the oven going off.

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