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All About Digital Hearing Aids

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A

Every day, hearing aid technology gets better. How we think about hearing aids changes every year as new and exciting things emerge. Many hearing aids can be charged and also run complex programs and settings. You can also find hearing aids that connect easily to your smartphone, so you can stream audio directly from your phone to your hearing aids. 

Developing digital hearing aids was the reason the latest technology in hearing aids was possible.


What is an Analog Hearing Aid?

First, let’s look at analog hearing aids so we can understand digital ones. These hearing aids are probably what you think of when you hear the word “hearing aid.” For analog technology to work, sound waves must be amplified. All the sounds around you get louder and stronger because of this. When sounds are louder, it can be easier to hear the sounds you’re trying to hear.

In the past, hearing aids were much larger than today. The buttons on the sides of these hearing aids let you change the settings. Analog hearing aids could be set to different settings, and you could change them with a button to help you hear better. You can hear better in a noisy restaurant, in an ample open space like an auditorium, or in the quiet of your home by changing the settings. Settings had to be changed by hand, and settings had to be changed every time the environment for listening changed.


What is a Digital Hearing Aid?

Since 1996, when they first came out, digital hearing aids have been the most popular type on the market. Digital hearing aids can do more than just make sounds louder. Instead, the sound waves are turned into digital units by a tiny computer chip built into the device. 

By analyzing and separating sounds, digital hearing aids break up sound waves into these smaller pieces. Digital technology, for example, can tell the difference between background noise and speech sounds. Digital hearing aids can reduce background noise and boost the sounds you want to hear, rather than just making everything louder.

Sounds will be manupulated using digital technology instead of just being amplified. Your hearing aids can run complicated programs to help you hear better than ever before. They’re also easier to program to your specific hearing loss, so you can hear sounds you’ve been missing without making sounds you can hear louder than they need to be.

Digital hearing aids have noise-reduction programs and can process information quickly. Directional microphones make it easy to focus on sounds in front of you while lowering the volume of sounds coming from behind you. Lastly, speech enhancement programs help you hear every word in conversations, even when there is a lot of noise in the background.


The benefits of Digital Hearing Aids

Most modern hearing aids help you hear better by using digital technology. There are different levels of digital technology, from simple hearing aids to the most advanced hearing aids with the most complex settings and programs. 

Analog hearing aids don’t work as well as digital ones. Digital hearing aids have more power to process sounds and make it easy to hear the sounds you want to hear.

Hearing aids are now smaller than they have ever been. Some are so small that they fit in your ear canal and are almost impossible to see. Digital hearing aids often change between programs and settings to give you the best listening experience. You won’t have to do anything to hear well wherever you go. When you need to make changes by hand, you can use an app on your phone to control your hearing aids.

Most hearing aids on the market today are digital. Digital hearing aids will help you connect with the world in a new way and hear all the sounds you’ve been missing. We have a range of digital devices, from simple hearing aids to the most advanced and powerful ones. The programs and settings on these hearing aids can be adjusted to fit your specific hearing loss and hearing needs.

Contact us when you’re ready to switch to digital hearing aids, and we’ll help you find the best ones for your lifestyle and hearing needs.