At Commonwealth Audiology our mission is to make sure each and every patient is fit with technology that is appropriate for their lifestyle. Think of it like this: if you lead a busy life, you need a technology that is going to be able to keep up with those demands. On the other side, if you lead a relatively quiet life, you might not need all of the bells and whistles of the premium technology. With that being said, below are the lifestyle selections we utilize when making our recommendations for technology levels.
Digital technology allows for sound to be amplified using special algorithms depending on the input. For example, speech in a noisy environment will be processed differently than speech in a quiet environment. Additionally, each frequency is analyzed in a customized way depending on the specific hearing loss it is working with.
Additionally, as a result of digital technology, the sound quality of hearing aids has improved significantly when compared to the old analog style. Research has focused on creating the most natural and ‘normal’ sound quality over the last several years. Because of this research and better understanding of how the ear and brain work together to listen and understand speech, we are able to provide a more precise hearing aid fit.
This technology is specific to the quiet, progressive and dynamic lifestyles. Algorithms within these technology levels are advanced enough to recognize noise vs speech. Once recognized the hearing aid kicks on the noise reduction setting with the goal of increasing the speech volume and decreasing the noise volume, allowing for communication to be improved. While we can never eliminate noise completely, this noise reduction feature has proven to significantly help individuals as needed.