We are all exposed to different noise levels throughout the day. Some might enjoy a quiet morning coffee on the porch in the morning, while others have a loud breakfast in the kitchen as they get the kids ready for school. We have intimate dinners with a few close friends, followed by nights out at packed restaurants or concert venues.
The fact that our listening environments are constantly changing can present a challenge to hearing aid users. The good news is that newer hearing aid models contain features that automatically change their settings to optimize your listening experience for different environments.
Research shows that hearing aid users prefer different amplifications for their hearing aids depending on factors like the number of people they are talking to or how much background noise there is.
New Hearing Aid Features to Improve Sound Quality
Some of the most helpful features can:
- Automatically adjust volume. Your hearing aids can provide more amplification for quiet listening conditions and less when sounds become louder. This can be especially helpful in situations where noise levels can change significantly, like when you’re taking in a Bulldogs game at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- Detect music and adjust hearing aids for improved sound quality to enhance your listening experience.
- Use directional microphones that help users understand conversations when there is background noise. They do this by reducing amplification for sounds coming from behind you and amplifying the speech of the person you are facing. Some devices also have the ability to do this for one side versus the other, which can be helpful if you’re sitting next to someone as opposed to across from them when talking.
- Reduce amplification in environments where constant noise is detected.
- Reduce amplification for sudden loud noises with the use of impact-noise sensors.
- Turn on phone programs when you bring the receiver near to you and off when you hang up and move away from the phone.
- Identify the presence of wind using sensors and help reduce interference entering your device.
Maximize Your Hearing Ability
All of these features were created with the goal of improving your listening ability and overall satisfaction with your hearing aids. Talk to your audiologist if you feel like you aren’t getting the most from your current hearing aids. They can do a check to see if any updates or repairs are needed or recommend that you upgrade to a different device.
Hearing aid technology is rapidly evolving, and we are committed to offering the most cutting-edge and up-to-date treatments to enhance your hearing experience.
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Columbia Hearing Centers today.