Technological Advances in Digital Sound Processing Hearing Aids
In a few short years, digital technology has moved on massively across all industries. Some areas, such as smartphone technology, tend to hog the limelight, often hiding other areas where great advancements have been made.
One of those areas is the digital technology that can now be found in hearing aids. In the last twenty years, hearing aids have changed from simple volume controls to highly sophisticated pieces of technology, and it’s important to know how these changes could affect you.
If you’re a senior in an assisted living placement in Mainline, then speak to your Caregiver or a relative to see how these new advances in hearing aid technology may benefit you.
Prior to 1996, hearing aids were analog devices. They came with a dial that allowed you to turn the volume up or down-practically the same concept as you would find on your radio.
In practical terms, this meant that you could only increase or decrease the sounds around you at exactly the same rate. Those of you who suffer from hearing loss will understand why this isn’t a solution to the problem; those of you who are lucky enough to have perfect hearing may need it explained further.
A deterioration in hearing for a person usually means that he or she starts to struggle to hear certain sounds while others remain largely unaffected. Simply turning up the volume of all sounds would result in the louder sounds further drowning out the sounds he or she struggle with. The only time amplifying all sounds would be effective would be in the rare cases in which people have suffered a flat hearing loss-a reduction in volume for all sounds equally.
Nowadays, digital hearing aids are programmed to specifically target the sounds that individual wearers struggle to hear while ignoring the ones that aren’t a problem. In other words, hearing professionals can now program a hearing aid to be completely bespoke to the wearer.
Of course, hearing problems change over the years. With a digital hearing aid, this is not a problem;as hearing needs change, they can be reprogrammed to ensure that they are always working for the wearer.
Digital hearing aids are helping people across the world to integrate back into society and to join in again on conversations that had long ago been lost in background noise.