The Best Hearing Aids: Smaller, Convenient And More
Hearing aids today are much better than hearing aids that were used a few years ago. The original hearing aids
were cone shaped implements that the user would hold in their bad ear. The original hearing aids were not very
convenient. They helped amplify the sounds so that a slightly deaf person could hear better but they were unwieldy
and didn’t help filter out background noise.
Scientific advances have made hearing aids that are much smaller, more reliable, and significantly more
convenient. They are able to increase small sounds by using tiny microphones that are built into the hearing aid.
The microphones are also convenient because they can be adjusted to work differently for different settings and for
different levels of hearing loss. This means that someone wearing a hearing aid will set it at a certain setting
for a quiet conversation while someone going to a loud party will set it yet differently.
There are basically three types of hearing aids. Each type is designed to make sounds that are otherwise
inaudible, audible for people suffering from hearing loss. The analog hearing aid is the least advance, the
cheapest, and requires an audiologist to adjust the volume. The analog programmable hearing aid is the second type.
The analog programmable hearing aid can be adjusted by the person wearing it. An audiologist is still needed to
Digital sound processing (DSP) hearing aids analyze sounds before they reach the ear and auto-adjust the volume
to the appropriate loudness. DSPs are very advanced. One of the biggest advantages with a DSP is their elimination
of feedback -- they identify frequencies and adjust the volume to the best level for the person using the hearing
Scientific advances have made hearing aids quite sophisticated and useful for people suffering from all levels
of hearing loss. There are many different types on the market. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks. The
many options is a boon to the 10% of the United States population that suffers from hearing loss. Except for the
price, which is higher, most people prefer the DSP hearing aids. They are much more convenient and their sound
quality is superior. Of course, because of this they do cost more.
Usually with the help of insurance most people are able to afford them. As a matter of fact, most people no
longer use the analog hearing aids. People with hearing loss have turned to digital hearing aids for their improved
function and convenience.