Two microphones to pick up sound(and help focus in on desirable sounds)
The Need for St. George Hearing Aids
Most people with hearing loss benefit from the use of hearing aids. Hearing aids decrease the difficulties and frustrations associated with hearing loss by improving your ability to listen and communicate more effectively. Today’s advanced technology in hearing instrumentation has helped countless numbers of hearing impaired individuals lead fuller, richer lives. Essentially, hearing aids offer less strain, more freedom to go about and concentrate on your everyday life activities.
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
Digital hearing instruments are computer programmed for a variety of listening situations, and appropriately for the individual’s hearing loss needs. In basic terms, the microchip in the hearing aid monitors incoming sounds millions of times per second, translating some of those sounds and then relaying the corrected sounds to your inner ear. The most attractive feature of these new, high tech hearing instruments is that many are completely automatic. The hearing aids automatically adjust the volume, separate high and low frequencies, and manage background noise and feedback while adapting to the environment around you. In addition, as your hearing loss changes over time, the hearing instrument can be reprogrammed to those changes without additional cost.
The Basics: How a Hearing Instrument Works
All hearing instruments are not created equal. However the more advanced models have certain basic things in common.
A simple explanation is that they let you hear sounds that you are missing. In short they will help you hear better and the most advanced ones will help you hear as naturally as possible.
A programmable amplifier to make the sound louder
A miniature loud speaker called a receiver that sends the amplified sound into the ear for you to hear
A tip or mold that goes into the ear, or an individual shell for custom instruments
A tiny battery that runs the instrument
Why we recommend Oticon Hearing Instruments above all others- Binaural Processing
The brain is “wired” to expect information from both sides of the head. If you have a hearing loss in both ears, two hearing instruments will almost always be the best choice.
In fact your hearing will be more natural because your brain will receive the information it needs to interpret in difficult listening situations. Compared to one instrument, the overall sound quality and comfort from two is usually better.
The most natural sound quality and best hearing performance results from a new technology called binaural processing. Your two hearing instruments actually communicate to one another by sharing information through a wireless sound stream. Oticon introduced “spatial sound” technology to help you better organize, localize and respond to sound.
Learn More About Spatial Sound
Binaural processing helps you interpret speech in noisy surroundings as it adjusts for subtle volume differences on both sides of your head. This superior technology also includes a very wide bandwidth, meaning more key sounds reach your brain. You will have a better sense of where the sound is coming from and it will be easier to understand what people are saying.
How to know what’s right for you
Choosing your hearing instrument is the first step to success. There are 3 basic elements to this decision:
- Your design and style preferences
- Your communication needs and hearing abilities
- Other individual preferences and issues including financial matters
You are going to make this decision with expert advice. It is important to share your needs and preferences with your hearing care professional and together you will arrive at a solution that is best for you. Hearing care professionals are accustomed to guiding this discussion and help you make the right choice.
Design and Style
People have preferences about how hearing instruments should look, feel and operate.
This is often the first thing people think about when they decide to purchase a hearing solution. After all, when something is worn on the body, it is a personal experience, and cosmetics are an important consideration.
Hearing instrument manufacturers and hearing care professionals have been listening to the public. The result: choices that satisfy people more than ever before.
Research into people’s preferences has produced new hearing instruments that look better than ever, without compromising performance.