Can hearing aids help in background noise?

 

 

Can hearing aids help in background noise?

 
shutterstock_115271632-paraOne of the most common situations where individuals with hearing impairment notice their hearing loss is in social situations where there is a lot of competing background noise.  By employing a number of sophisticated technologies to reduce noise and improve speech clarity, hearing aids can help in background noise enabling the wearer to comfortably converse in social situations.

Directional microphones: In the presence of background noise, the hearing aid will automatically switch from a setting that picks up sound from all directions (front, back, sides) to one that picks up sound primarily from the front.  In recent years this technology has improved dramatically to the point that in challenging “cocktail party”-like situations, hearing aid wearers’ speech understanding actually outperforms individuals with normal hearing.

Digital noise reduction (DNR): DNR attempts to distinguish between speech and noise in each of the hearing aids’ processing bands (channels), lowering the volume of each band when noise is identified.

Two hearing aids instead of one: In a previous post we discussed the advantages of two hearing aids over one: http://soundsoflife.com.au/two-ears/.  Using two hearing aids will improve speech understanding in noise for most people.

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

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Why two ears are better than one?

 

 

 Why two ears are better than one?

 

Two ears are better than one.  Hearing with two ears, or binaural hearing, has two main benefits: localising sound and improving sound quality.

 

headphones2(1) Localising sound – Binaural hearing helps us identify the direction or location of sound.  Sound travels in waves and based on their direction, they will hit one ear slightly ahead of the other ear, with a slight difference in loudness.  Our brain can combine these minute differences in time and loudness between the ears, to precisely locate the sound.

(2) Improved sound quality – Binaural hearing is also essential for environmental awareness and filtering out unwanted noises, for example, understanding speech in challenging listening situations where there is a lot of background noise (like parties and group conversations).

 

If you have bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears) your audiologist will often recommend a bilateral hearing aid fitting (hearing aids in both ears).  Fitting bilaterally ensures binaural hearing which enhances speech intelligibility (especially challenging situations where there is background noise), sound quality and localisation ability.

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

Devices to improve your love life

 
 
 

 Devices to improve your love life

 

The best aphrodisiac in the world is effective communication.  You don’t need to be a love expert to understand that when two partners are having a candle-lit valentine’s dinner and one has to shout across the table in order to be heard, it isn’t exactly setting a romantic mood.

At “Sounds of Life Audiology” our audiologists are committed to reconnecting you with your loved ones.  Our new range of hearing aid technology feature virtually invisible, discreet designs proven to boost self-esteem and reduce anxiety.

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432