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What Do You Need to Know About Hearing Device Features?

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Hearing aids are available with a wide range of options and features. Some features are typical across all or most hearing aid models, and you will be able to track down them in all or most of the hearing aid models you choose. Other features are further optional extras that you can choose to have or not have depending on your preferences.  

Consider which aspects are the most important to you when choosing your hearing aids before making your purchase. Hearing care providers can aid you in evaluating your options and picking the features that are the most appropriate for your needs. Here are some of the most important features you should be aware of when it comes to your hearing aids.

Directional microphones

Directional microphone hearing aids use two microphones in directional hearing aids – one aimed forward and one focused backward – to pick up sounds from different directions. Your ability to guide your hearing in any direction you choose is unlimited; you can direct it to hear anything from the general sound to a specific person or object. Directional microphones have a tremendous amount of adaptability. If you are in the middle of a discussion, this type of microphone will help to keep the noises from the rear of the room from becoming too loud, while drawing attention to the noises from the front.

Automatic directional microphones

Automatic directional microphones select the most appropriate operational mode for the listening environment. As an example, when working in a quiet setting, they will employ the directional mode as well as the adaptive directional mode if it is available.

Directional microphones that adapt to the environment

This microphone is capable of detecting and adjusting its pick-up to the position of the loudest source of noise in order to reduce background noise. As a result, if the source of the noise changes, such as when a motorcycle rides down the road, the microphone system automatically adapts to keep the noise level as low as possible.

Due to the reduction in the amplification of non-speech sounds, it becomes more bearable for the user in crowded and noisy environments. Hearing aids with this feature do this by picking up background noise and automatically lowering it.

Wind noise reduction

Wind noise reduction is an electronic system that reduces the irritating sound of wind blowing across microphones. As soon as the hearing aid detects wind gusts, it immediately adjusts its settings to deliver the most comfortable listening experience possible. This is especially useful for outdoor activities such as walking or running.

Noise reduction in transient situations

While preserving speech clarity, our technology analyzes and reduces distracting sounds such as rustling and clinking without interfering with the discussion itself. It is also known as ‘sound-smoothing'. 

Feedback cancellation

Feedback is a term used to describe when your hearing aids make a whistling noise when worn. An inadequate fit, excessive or compressed earwax, or the wearing of an object over one's ear while listening to music, such as a cap, can all contribute to this problem. Whenever you combine the feedback frequencies with the original frequencies, any unpleasant feedback noises that you may be experiencing are canceled out.

Adaptive feedback cancellation 

This feature is quite similar to the 'feedback cancelation' option, but also has the ability to automatically adjust its speed of operation to optimize performance in a variety of situations, such as when you are listening to music or talking on the phone.