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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids, hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

When you think of advanced digital technology, what comes to your mind? Most people picture the latest smart phones, lifelike computer graphics, even projects like virtual reality and artificial intelligence. It may surprise you that some of the most advanced developments in compact digital technology exist in the current generation of digital hearing aids.

Hearing aids have made huge leaps with alongside digital advancements, making hearing technology more powerful and effective than ever before. Digital sound processing has made the way that hearing aids process sound more nuanced and adaptable, while hearing aid size has become increasingly lightweight and discreet. Let’s take a look at some of the huge advantages digital hearing aid options offer you.

Advanced Personalized Sound

In previous generations of “analog” non-digital hearing aids sound was processed with a blanket approach. Hearing aids simply increased the size of a sound wave, amplifying it to make it easier to hear. Minimal adjustments could be made to the levels, but sound management still left much to be desired.

Just as digital cameras have leapt forward with increasing power and resolution, so has digital sound management. Digital sound can selectively choose what sound waves to enhance, leading to better sound balance. Advancements in sound balancing have made discerning conversations from background noise far easier. Digital sound has also made adjusting your hearing aids for different settings easier and often automatic.

Taking advantage of digital sound has also lessened the likelihood of sound feedback and other frustrating sounds. Hearing aids are also being designed for active lifestyles, with digital sound technology effectively dampening wind noise. 

Digital sound is an investment in your hearing health that truly pays off. Look to leading brands in the industry for the most reliable technology and advancements. Your audiologist can help you discover specialized technology for your hearing needs and lifestyle.

Streaming Audio

Important audio, especially in complicated and noisy environments, is best comprehended when it can be delivered directly into the ear canal. Older hearing aids started to take this into account with the development of telecoil loops – closed loop audio systems where sound could be transmitted to hearing aids that had telecoil receivers. Telecoil systems are still in many public spaces and institutions, but the world of digital hearing aids has also opened up a lot more options.

Many new hearing aids are designed to be integrated with smart phones and other digital devices. Hearing aids can now stream phone calls, television sound, even your doorbell directly into your ear canal via digital connectivity. If you worry about hearing loss affecting your social life, streaming audio is a great way to stay better connected.

With smart phone connectivity, streaming sound opens up a world of convenience. You can connect with driving directions via streaming audio or personally design a streaming sound therapy for tinnitus relief. Smart technology can save your hearing settings for various locations and automatically load those settings when you return to a preset area. With digital capability, you can handle the many settings you find yourself in with ease and finesse.

Compact Appearance

Not only has digital technology vastly improved sound quality and capability, it’s made hearing aids more wearable. Gone are the days when hearing aids were inevitably noticeable and uncomfortable. Digital technology has pushed the limits of how small and discreet hearing technology can be.

People with mild to moderate hearing loss can take advantage of hearing aids today that are as small as a pea, and fit entirely and invisibly inside the ear canal. One of the most common digital hearing aid designs tucks a small, arched microphone, processor and receiver behind the ear, connected with clear tubing to an earmold that delivers sound to your ear.

Digital hearing aids take advantages of revolutions in technology to achieve high performance at extremely small sizes. Well-built digital hearing aids incorporate tiny sound processing computers and minute but incredibly acute microphones and receivers. The result is a hearing aid that blends in, both to your appearance and your natural way of hearing.


Ready to see what digital hearing aids can do for you? It’s time to set up an appointment with HearCare in Rhode Island. We pride ourselves in our commitment to customer care, working with you to find the right hearing solutions for your lifestyle.