Our ability to hear fundamentally shapes how we relate to the world around us. However, hearing is often taken for granted until it is in jeopardy. For those experiencing a loss of hearing, the prognosis is better than ever before. Advances in digital hearing aids have allowed us to treat hearing loss on a more personalized level. In fact, modern hearing devices have little in common with their predecessors. Here are some of the important distinguishing features available in many new hearing devices.
Studies have been conducted to show how the brain responds to sound. A visual representation would resemble thermal imaging, with certain areas of the brain lighting up in response to sound. New devices are designed to work in tandem with the brain. A digital signal processor is used in the hearing aid to amplify and reduce certain sound frequencies. Doing so allows a more natural hearing experience for the brain, which enables the individual to receive more detailed information about their surroundings.
In 2004, the first ear-to-ear wireless system was introduced to the market. This new system allowed for a user to control both hearing devices simultaneously. Since its development, this technology has been responsible for a number of advances. These devices are now able to communicate with one another to provide a more accurate reading of the user’s surroundings. Additionally, binaural detection allows for an automated adjustment of the directional microphones. Devices are now more adept at detecting noise settings to calibrate for a more natural listening experience.
Newer hearing aids are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. Features such as Facetime, music playback and phone calls are able to funnel sound directly into the user’s hearing devices. In addition, apps can serve as the control center for your devices or improve your communication by providing captions and helping to manage tinnitus symptoms.
Many people wait up to seven years before seeking treatment for their hearing loss, but early intervention is the best way to maintain your overall health. Recent improvements have made treatment options more customizable and effective than ever before. If you or a loved one is suffering from a hearing loss in Thousand Oaks, we can help. We welcome you to contact our staff for more information at 805.449.2380