A High-Definition Hearing Aid that thinks for you

by Medindia Content Team on  October 11, 2003 at 11:20 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
A High-Definition Hearing Aid that thinks for you
Hearing loss affects all ages. Standard hearing aids amplify all sounds, which makes hearing one sound difficult. Now, there's a new option say researchers. New, all-digital hearing aids are changing that.

This version of this hearing aid automatically distinguishes between speech and sounds. Audiologists say, "The key reason somebody comes in for a hearing aid is that they find that they cannot understand speech anymore. It's not so much that they don't hear."

The digital chip has a dual microphone system to balance sounds, however it won't cure hearing loss or reproduce natural hearing, but it's close. "If you've worn a hearing aid in the past, you will be surprised at the difference of what you hear." Say researchers.

It also helps reduce annoying feedback. There's a whistling sound, or a feedback sound, that a hearing aid can make and with this hearing aid, it has a cancellation process that allows the feedback to be managed automatically again.

Patients now say they enjoy it because they can control the levels to where they are comfortable. There is even a button for a telephone where they could talk over the telephone they say. It also has one just for music that makes the music more full. Thus patients now say, the world around them is crystal clear.

Standard hearing aids cost between $800 and $1,000 for one instrument. A digital hearing aid runs between $2,300 to $3,000. The new hearing aid works for any age and comes in several sizes.

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