Although a hearing aid won't give you normal hearing, it can amplify sounds (particularly voices) and filter out loud background noises. Today there are a wide variety of hearing aid options available to help improve the performance of your hearing aid. Not only will your hearing aid work better with the enhanced sound reception these additional hearing aid features offer, you will be able to enjoy life more.
Wireless Connectivity Capability
Many digital hearing aids can wirelessly connect to your landline and cell phone, computer, television, and other home media electronics. Wireless technology allows you to receive sound from these devices directly to your hearing aid, improving the quality of what you hear.
A remote control allows you to wirelessly control the programs and settings on your hearing aid. No more fiddling with buttons on your hearing aid to adjust it. Generally, remote controls are small and lightweight enough to fit into your pocket or hang on a key chain. In addition to changing the programs on your hearing aid, you can use the remote to adjust the volume level of the sounds around you.
Telephone Adapter or Telecoil Switch
If you don't have a wireless hearing aid, there are various styles of telephone adapters available that amplify sound and reduce feedback and background noise on corded, cordless and mobile phones so you can hear the caller's voice more clearly. Some telephone amplifiers come equipped with an AC power cord with automatic bypass in case of a power failure. Other models of phone amplifiers are portable, allowing you to take the amplifier with you wherever you go.
However, may hearing aids offer an optional built-in feature that allows you to hear better when you are talking on the telephone. By switching your hearing aid from the microphone setting to the telecoil setting, your hearing aid won't pick up background noise when you are on the phone since the microphone will be off.
Hearing aids differ in the telecoil features they offer, but some make the switch automatically just by holding a phone to your ear. Some models will even send the signal to your other ear so you can hear the person speaking on the phone in both ears.
Directional microphones make it easier to hear what other people are saying when there are sounds coming from different directions. A hearing aid with directional microphones is an advantage when you are talking to someone in a noisy background. The feature improves the sounds coming from in front of you while reducing sounds coming from behind or beside you. Although many digital hearing aids include directional microphones as a standard feature, not all do.
Binaural (in both ears) Synchronization
If you wear a hearing aid in each ear, the synchronization feature allows you to program the devices to function together. Any adjustments you make to the volume or program settings on one hearing aid will automatically be made to the other. This keeps your hearing balanced in both ears, allowing for improved sound quality.
Direct Audio Input
A direct input hearing aid has a connection for plugging in audio devices such as a computer, iPod, radio, MP3 player, or television. Hearing aids with direct audio input bypass the microphone by allowing you to connect directly to another device.
Learn about different hearing aid options by contacting a company like Pacific Hearing Care.