Hearing Aid Features Explained
Available Hearing Aid Features
Different hearing aid models and manufacturers have their strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the best solution requires some understanding of the different features available. It is important, however, not to get too caught up in comparing detailed specifications as they may not compare well across all brands.
At Hearing Aid Counselors, our audiologists will guide you through the following feature considerations:
Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity to TVs and Other Devices
Bluetooth technology is available to stream sounds from many different devices (TV, mobile phone, etc.) straight to your hearing aid. Simply turn on your streamer and adjust the volume with your streamer remote and the sound goes up – but only in your ears, giving you crisp sound and personalised volume control via your hearing aids.
Waterproof / Sports Models for Active Lifestyles
Over the years, you probably have seen waterproof, sweatproof, dustproof, shockproof models become available. If you lead an active lifestyle and value flexibility when using your hearing aid, these may be the right choice for you.
Multiple Channels for Different Listening Environments
Each channel in a hearing aid can be tailored to a specific sound frequency range. More channels provide increased flexibility for your hearing care professional when programming your hearing aid for your specific listening needs and preferences.
Microphone directionality provides dramatically improved hearing especially in background noise situations. All modern hearing aids have directional microphones, but some adapt better in complex situations.
A large percentage of hearing aid users are fitted binaurally, meaning a hearing aid is worn in each ear. Ear-to-ear also known as E2E enables the hearing aid devices to communicate with each other, improving hearing quality.
The range of sound frequencies capable of being amplified by the hearing aid.
These are the situational pre-set settings that can be programmed into your hearing aid. For example, you can have separate pre-set settings for different listening situation including restaurants, business meetings, phone conversations and even listening to music. Programs can be selected manually or automatically, depending on the hearing aid.
Everyone’s life involves a different mix of hearing situations. This feature lets your hearing aid remember your mix, and automatically adapt itself accordingly.
Do you like having full control over volume and programs? Some people love this, while others want the hearing aid to automatically adapt to their surroundings.
Taking away the need for disposable batteries, this gives you the convenience of charging your hearing aid(s) just like you would with a mobile phone.
Want to learn more about hearing aids and available hearing aid features? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a Hearing Aid Counselors hearing center near you. Our staff of experienced hearing care professional are here to help you with all your hearing aid needs.