Technology Differences Exist In:
- 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 most important features for helping people hear more effectively in groups.
- The microchip/s: Some instruments have more sophisticated processing platforms on the microchip. Some even have two microchips that communicate with each other. This means that they can operate faster, with better efficiency and more memory than lower technology microchips. Since the microchip is responsible for analyzing the environment and speech signal to offer your ear the best possible sound resolution and fidelity, this is probably 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, fm systems, landlines and remotes. This can be done by radio frequency, wifi and bluetooth. The hearing instruments may also be able to communicate with each other! This means that they can assess the environment in 360°. This is beneficial for optimum performance.
Greater sophistication allows for more flexibility in your audiologist’s control, and more flexibility for changes in your hearing loss or lifestyle in the future. More sophisticated circuits result in more accuracy in reading the environment- both speech and noise, and therefore more precision for hearing compensation.