Technological Advances in Digital Sound Processing Hearing Aids


The breakthroughs in hearing aid technology in recent years have gone a long way to make many people’s lives much more bearable.

Suffering from hearing loss can be a trying time for both sufferers and for the people around them.  It requires that vital life changes be considered; for example, a person may not be able to hear important medical advice from a doctor or dosage details from a pharmacist, as well as other things.

A care program from Always Best Care can help with these issues.  In-home care in Temecula will include a Caregiver who can help with medical instructions and remind your loved one to take correct dosages of medication to make things a little easier.

However, other more serious issues can develop from the social isolation that is sometimes a result of hearing loss.  Modern studies have shown that conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often developed much quicker in people suffering from hearing problems.

Fortunately, twenty years ago, Digital Sound Processing (DSP) hearing aids were developed.  Whereas older analog hearing aids worked to amplify all sound for the wearer, the new DSP hearing aids only concentrates on the sounds that the wearer struggles with.

Most people who suffer from hearing problems only have an issue hearing certain sounds, so increasing the volume of all sounds is not going to help them—this is why an analog hearing aid did not help most people.  DSP hearing aids can not only be programmed specifically for the needs of the wearer, but they can also be reprogrammed as those needs change in the future.

Wearers of DSP technology often find that they are instantly catapulted from a virtually silent world into one that overwhelms them with a barrage of noise.  We often forget just how loud modern life is, not just with the obvious loud noises of things such as cars and construction sites, but with the constant background noise of a computer fan, a refrigerator hum, or a rustle in the trees.

This new world will certainly take some getting used to.  Over time, those who suffer from hearing loss will relearn how to filter out the irrelevant sounds and concentrate on the ones that they need to hear.  They will again be able to sit in a café, filter out the noise of background conversation and plates rattling, and be able to have a long overdue chat with you.

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