Hearing aids are an incredible piece of technology that allow a person with hearing loss to hear the sounds around them that they might otherwise be missing. Modern hearing aids have come a long way and may be outfitted with many different pieces of technology. All of the brands that we carry are able to be customized to the user so that your specific degree of hearing loss can be addressed!
Below are a few details about hearing aids and the technology that makes them work so well.
Hearing Aid vs Sound Amplifier
Hearing aids are a very special and unique type of technology. One question we are often asked is, “What is the difference between a hearing aid and a sound amplifier?” Many people do not know that these are actually two very different types of technology! Sound amplifiers are also devices that are placed in the ear, however they amplify all sounds. These devices are most often used for people with average hearing, who want to hear minute sounds in special situation. One example is a hunter who might wear sound amplifiers when he is out in the quiet woods and trying to hear animal movement around him.
Hearing aids are unique in that they are able to filter sounds using technology, and only amplify specific types of sounds. They are completely customizable, so they can be adjusted to suit most people with hearing loss. They are able to filter out ambient sounds (such as freeways and large crowds) and focus on what people really want to hear.
Almost all hearing aids are now digital, meaning that the sound is converted to digital technology before you hear it. This is important because it allows for even more customizable options to ensure that you’re hearing your best in every situation. Another feature of many modern devices is the directional microphone system. This system allows the tiny internal microphones to be adjusted in different directions, so that you can hear (or avoid hearing!) sounds coming from in front of, besides or behind you.
All of the hearing aids we offer also offer digital noise reduction. Because all of the sound coming into the hearing aid is converted to digital, the technology inside the hearing aid can actually detect ambient noises that you don’t want to hear. This makes it easier to hear the people and environment around you that you actually want to hear!
Hearing aids are the FDA approved technology to help supplement for hearing loss. The modern technology in these devices allow for a greatly improved listening experience at a reduced size. Many pairs can’t even be seen when worn! If you believe you, or someone you love, may be suffering from hearing loss, call today to schedule a free hearing test at (805) 496-3553. If we find that you are affected, we offer risk free 45-day trials on most of our top brands!