5 LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT
TODAY’S HEARING AIDS
- They can be invisible. Many of the hearing aids we work with are so small they can’t be seen by others. These hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal and out of sight.
- They are intelligent. Hearing aids can automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes and they can separate speech and noise. Recent research suggests that advanced features such as adaptive directional microphones and noise reduction technology reduces mental fatigue and boosts our mental energy levels.
- They integrate with consumer technology. Hearing aids can sync with smartphones, TVs, home entertainment systems and other electronics. Wireless digital hearing aids are now the norm and this means seamless connectivity.
- They can be waterproof. You can enjoy any sport (including water sport) and even sweat while wearing hearing aids. Some hearing aids can even be continually immersed in water. Enjoy swimming, skiing, sailing with no compromise to your hearing.
- They can be trialled free-of-charge. At Alpha Hearing, we allow you
to take your hearing aids home, observe the benefits for yourself and
make sure you are comfortable with the sound, look and feel of your
chosen devices. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Hearing aids are miniaturised advanced digital devices designed to enhance hearing ability and clarity of speech. There are many different types of hearing aids, designed for a wide variety of needs and preferences. Entry level devices are the least featured. Advanced and premium models add greater complexity and technology.
Hearing aids can either be worn in the ear (custom) or behind the ear.
Each style has its unique advantages. In selecting a style of device, your audiology and type of hearing loss are the primary considerations. It is also important you are comfortable with the cosmetics of the device and the way it looks in/on your ear.
Inside the body of the hearing aid, the technology relates to how the device modifies speech and sound to enable you to hear it more clearly. The level of technology determines the performance characteristics of the hearing aid. Technology is the main factor influencing the cost of the device.
The best way to tell if you really need hearing aids is to get your hearing checked by an audiologist. In consultation with your audiologist, a suitable style and technology can be clearly recommended.