Hearing aids are designed to help you hear speech which can make listening to music a problem because of the way that music is processed through hearing aids. Since hearing aids were originally designed for speech, accounting for music’s acoustical differences has taken a backseat until now. As boomers age, their listening habits have given more attention to the need for music lovers.
Recently the hearing aid industry has developed some innovative solutions to solve the issue, giving music back to those who wear hearing aids.
Research Studies on Music and Hearing Aids
The hearing aid industry has been working to make hearing aids functional for all aspects of hearing, not just speech. As a result, several studies have been carried out in recent years in an effort to identify problem areas and help people with hearing aids enjoy music more. Recent studies include:
- A University of Colorado Boulder study showed that when it comes to hearing aid users listening to music, less is more; as in less processing. Their study found music wasn’t always part of the hearing aid design process. However, if you listen to music that has gone through less processing, the result is better and the music is more clear.
- The Hearing Aids for Music project provides hope for musicians and music enthusiasts to help them be able to enjoy all music while using hearing aids.
- The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement is also working on helping those with hearing aids be able to listen to music.
Solutions for Listening to Music with Hearing Aids
The hearing aid industry is aware of the challenges with listening to music while wearing hearing aids, and they are actively working on solutions and developing new hearing aid technology so that hearing aid users don’t have to give up the music. If you are not ready for a music-friendly upgrade, here are some tips for hearing aid wearers who want to enjoy music:
- Have your hearing aids adjusted for music. These adjustments can include:
- Feedback-reduction systems
- Noise-reduction systems
- Low frequency ranges
- Omnidirectional microphones
- Some models allow you to stream music to your hearing aids via Bluetooth®.
- Try assistive technology devices that you can use with your hearing aids to help you hear music more clearly and with less distortion.These streaming devices can also help with phone conversations, television, as well as face-to-face conversations. There are a number of different options on the market.
Consult with Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology’s Professionals
If you are experiencing any difficulty hearing music or any sounds through your hearing aids, please don’t hesitate to ask questions or bring up concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. At Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology, we have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.