It goes without saying that the noise level at the library is a lot different than when you’re taking in a Longhorns game at Moody Center. If you use hearing aids, you need your device to account for those changes. The good news is that newer hearing aids contain a multitude of features that can automatically change their settings to optimize your listening experience in different environments.
What Newer Hearing Aids Can Do
Newer hearing aids are equipped with the ability to:
- Automatically adjust volume features. Your hearing aids can provide more amplification for quiet listening conditions and less when sounds become louder. This can be especially helpful in environments where noise levels can change significantly depending on what is going on.
- Detect music and adjust hearing aids for improved sound quality to enhance your listening experience.
- Help users understand conversations when there is background noise by reducing amplification for sounds coming from behind the listener and amplifying the speech of the person you are facing. Some devices also have the ability to do this for one side versus the other, which can be helpful if you’re sitting next to someone as opposed to across from them when having a conversation.
- Reduce amplification in environments where there is constant noise.
- Reduce amplification for sudden loud noises, like a slammed door, with the use of impact-noise sensors.
- Connect to your phone when you bring the receiver near to you and off when you hang up and move away from the phone.
- Identify the presence of wind using sensors and help reduce loudness into your device.
Get the Most from Your Device
Research has shown that hearing aid users prefer different amplifications for their hearing aids depending on their environment. The fact that new devices are able to adjust for background noise or let you home in on specific sounds or speech means that you’ll be able to experience a full range of the benefits hearing aids have to offer. These include:
- Lower levels of anxiety and depression
- Improved physical health
- Lower risk of cognitive decline
- Less isolation
- Higher levels of confidence in your ability to socialize with others
- Improved ability to focus
- Better relationships
If you would like to learn more about what hearing aids can do for you, or schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact Victory Hearing & Balance today.