Technological Advances in Digital Sound Processing Hearing Aids

The first digital hearing aids came onto the market over twenty years ago, in 1996.  Since that time, they have provided millions of people with solutions to their hearing problems.

This article will briefly discuss the advancements made in hearing aid technology in recent years.  If you are a senior receiving home care in Potomac, then ask your Caregiver or family about hearing problems and the solutions available.

Before the advancements made with Digital Sound Processing (DSP) hearing aids in 1996, hearing aids were fairly simple pieces of equipment.  They were no more than amplifiers with a volume control, working in a similar way as to the volume adjustments on your home stereo.

If you needed the sounds around you to be louder, you turned up the dial; if you wanted them to be quieter, you turned it back down—simple as that.

This meant that all sounds got louder as you turned it up, even sounds that you had no problem hearing.  When you turned it down, all sounds became quieter, even ones you had a problem hearing.

This was an issue, as most people suffering with hearing problems do not suffer a flat hearing loss.

Digital hearing aids, on the other hand, are now completely customizable.  They can be programmed to target the sounds that you are struggling to hear and not amplifying the sounds you can hear perfectly well.  For example, they can be programmed to concentrate on the sound of conversation within a couple of feet of you while ignoring any background interference.

This technology is also future-proof.  As wearers get older and their hearing deteriorates, the devices can be reprogrammed to target new sounds.  Hearing professionals are now, in effect, supplying bespoke hearing aids to everyone who needs them.

This new technology has changed the lives of many people who are now rediscovering sounds that they had long forgotten existed.  It is such a stark change that it may take some getting used to.  People are coming out of silent worlds and realizing that our world isn’t as quiet as they once thought.

People with DSP hearing aids are now able to hold a conversation, regardless of wherethey are.  From the quiet of the golf course to the hustle and bustle of a market place, these devices allow people with hearing problems to join in once again.

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