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If you have been recommended a hearing aid, here’s a glossary of some of the technologies and phrases you should go through.
The human brain has an exceptional ability to detect the meaning of speech within a wide range of sounds while filtering out background noise. Hearing loss impairs this skill, known as ‘central auditory processing,’ making day-to-day tasks exhausting.
The cutting-edge hearing aids at Hearing Plus imitate this ability by connecting and synchronising your two ears. This aids in the reduction of unwanted noise and the retention of crucial speech without the need to strain your ears.
The directional microphone is one of the most important characteristics for blocking out background noise. Directional microphones, as the name implies, focus on sounds coming from the direction you’re facing, so the person, people, speaker, or screen you’re looking at will be heard over anything else.
Adaptive Directional Microphones
A more advanced form of directional microphones feature is available. It enables your device to adjust its sensitivity and concentration in response to your surroundings, substantially eliminating background noise whether you’re in a small group or a huge one. Moving sounds, such as passing cars, can also be minimised. This feature allows you to hear more of the noises and words you want while shutting out the noise you don’t want to hear.
Automatic Noise Reduction
Noise reduction techniques are automatically engaged in many advanced hearing instruments. To limit the interference of constant noise sources, these systems employ electronic digital sound processing technologies. The gadgets are built to recognise that noises with a consistent volume or pitch, such as an engine or air conditioner, are not speech because speech involves frequent pauses and loudness and pitch fluctuations.
Wind Noise Reduction
Hearing aids with ‘outdoor’ settings have recently become more common. Through environmental sound monitoring, these devices detect wind noise and change automatically to reduce its influence. This is especially beneficial to persons who enjoy outdoor activities such as bushwalking, bowling and golfing.
Complete Automatic Functioning and Environmental Classification
The most modern devices automatically combine the elements listed above to best suit the environment you’re in. Automatic instruments constantly listen to the surroundings to see if it’s silent, noisy, windy, or if there’s speech or music playing. In order to maximise speech clarity, the device then automatically finds the most ideal settings by tuning its directional microphones and noise reduction features for that specific location.
It allows the instrument to keep track of its performance over time in various situations. To do continuing analysis and changes, your hearing professional can download information directly from the device. To put it another way, the more you use your hearing aid, the better it will become.
The irritating whistling generated by simple actions like embracing or stroking your hair can now be eradicated thanks to feedback cancellation technology. This is accomplished by introducing a signal that counteracts the feedback and cancels it out. As soon as feedback is detected, the gadgets do this automatically.
Open Fitting Hearing Devices
When you begin to use a hearing aid, you may become aware of your own speech if you have good low-frequency hearing. Vibrations in the cartilaginous part of the ear canal induced by noises transmitted via the jaw cause this. The open fitting hearing device is a small behind-the-ear hearing aid that helps to reduce self-awareness of one’s own voice.