We fit different types of hearing aids and will help you find one that works for you
Fundamentally, all digital hearing aid circuits work in a similar manner. However, the level of technology of the hearing instrument is designed to treat specific types of hearing losses and lifestyles. If you think you may need hearing aids, we will test you accurately and listen to your needs before offering advice on what may be the best type of instrument to help you with your specific problem. Together, we will consider your lifestyle needs and the requirements of your hearing loss, your cosmetic preferences and the affordability of different types of hearing aids.
Levels of technology related to different hearing aids are determined by the sophistication of the microchip and related circuits. Once we understand your needs, we can select the technology by matching its capabilities to both hearing loss and lifestyle. More sophisticated technology may be chosen for more
complex hearing loss patterns or more demanding communication lifestyles.
By analysing your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your communication requirements, we aim to best meet your needs. At NB Hearing, your needs are important to us.
Do I need one or two hearing aids?
Hearing with two ears is no accident! We were designed so that our ears’ nerves meet in the brainstem. At that meeting point, the brain is able to begin the separation of speech from background noise by using timing and loudness cues, as well as pattern differences and similarities.
Due to the brainstem’s function, two hearing instruments are almost always better than one. Hearing evenly bilaterally (with both sides) allows for calculations about the direction and location of sound too, which is vital in a group conversation.
We will generally opt to fit hearing aids to both ears as research shows us that people with two instruments have the best success.
How does technology differ from one hearing aid to the next?
When it comes to different types of hearing aids, it is not only the style that differs, but also the technology. Here are some technological differences that can be noted from one hearing aid to the next:
- The microphone/s: Some instruments have 2 microphones so that the instrument may determine the direction the hearer is looking in. Since we usually look at what we want to hear, it helps the instrument to identify the primary signal and thus reduce some of the background noise. This is one of the key features for helping people hear more effectively in groups.
- The microchip/s: Some instruments have microchips with very sophisticated processing platforms. Some even have multiple microchips that communicate with each other. This means that they can operate faster, with better efficiency and more memory than lower technology microchips, enabling them to process much more information in the real time of speech. Since the microchip is responsible for analysing the environment it can alter the hearing aid’s response to the environment automatically. It can also modify the sound of the speech signal to offer your ear the best possible sound resolution and fidelity. This is one of the most important considerations in hearing technology.
- Connections for wireless communication: Some instruments have circuits that can connect to other digital products, such as television, cellular phones, radios, landlines and remotes. This can be done by radio frequency, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The hearing instruments may also be able to communicate with each other! This means that they can assess the environment in 360°, which is beneficial and can enhance overall performance.
For more insights or information on the wide range of hearing aids available for assorted hearing problems, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Different types of hearing aids are suitable for different people (and their precise problems). We will take the time to understand your unique profile so that your investment in your hearing is meaningful.