What is Digital Technology?

What is Digital Technology?

  1. Digital technology is a base two process. Digitized information is recorded in binary code of combinations of the digits 0 and 1, also called bits, which represent words and images.

The term digital is used so often today, it can be confusing, especially when referencing hearing aid digital technology. When a hearing aid is termed digital, it generally means the hearing aid uses 100% digital processing. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a complete computer. Digital hearing aids are usually self-adjusting. The digital processing allows for more flexibility in programming the aid. In this way, the sound it transmits matches your specific pattern of hearing loss. This digital technology is the most expensive, but it offers many advantages.

Hearing Aids and Background Noise

Hearing Aids and Background Noise

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Hearing aids in the presence of background noise is a concern for many patients experiencing hearing loss. Virtually all people wearing hearing aids complain about background noise at one time or another. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate background noise. However, contact your Audiologist with Diversified Hearing to discuss tips on reducing the issue of hearing aids and background noise.

According to the Better Hearing Institute:

“Despite tremendous advances in hearing aid technology, even with the latest digital noise reduction circuitry, background noise continues to be a problem. Problematic background noise is any noise that interferes with your ability to hear, understand, and/or pay attention to the signal that you want to hear. Background noise includes traffic noise, music, a marching band; reverberation, which causes sounds to echo when reflected off room surfaces; voices such as children playing and laughing, several people talking at once, or even one person talking in a way that prevents or distracts you from listening to a signal you want to hear, usually another talker. Background noises can particularly bother new hearing aid users during the first few weeks because for years they may not have heard everyday noises such as screeching brakes, clattering dishes, and rustling papers. Most long-time hearing aid users will tell you that the sudden ability to hear annoying noises-loud and clear-is challenging, but the ability to tolerate these noises does get better with time. Remember, you probably have not been hearing much background noise since the onset of your gradual hearing loss.

Experienced hearing aid user or not, noise can affect you in at least two ways. First, it can make it nearly impossible to understand what someone is saying because the noise is louder than the signal you want to hear. Second, noise may be a problem because it distracts you from what the speaker is saying. Even a voice softer than that of the person you are trying to hear can take your attention away from the main source to which you need or want to listen. Although there is no cure for the problems that hearing aid users often experience with distracting noises, some options may at least lessen problems with background noise:

  • two hearing aids, rather than just one
  • hearing aids with digital signal processing
  • hearing aids with a directional microphone option
  • FM technology
  • auditory training
  • communication strategies

Credit to “Tips For Hearing in Noise- Patricia B. Kricos, Ph.D. – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida”

What is an Audiologist?

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An Audiologist is a person who holds a minimum of a Masters Degree in Audiology.

An audiologist also diagnoses, treats and monitors disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear, and dispense hearing aids.

An Audiologist can provide you with answers to questions like these:

  • What do you do when you find out that you or a loved one has a hearing loss?
  • Who do I turn to for quality hearing health care?
  • Can my hearing loss be helped with hearing aids?
  • What are the different types of hearing loss?