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In today’s world it can be hard to keep up with rapidly advancing technology. Researchers are constantly working to improve hearing aids functionality and usability. Whether you are new to the hearing aid world or shopping for a new model it can be a bit tricky to sort out what hearing aid features are important for your hearing loss and your lifestyles. Below we have defined the common hearing aid options. These will likely be available to you when your visit a hearing specialist. It is important to consider which ones you will need to fit your hearing loss and your lifestyle.

Bands and Channels

These hearing aid features refer to the ability to adjust the settings to best fit your individual hearing loss needs. The more bands and channels a hearing aid has, the better it can be programmed. The specialist will have more options for the wearer in different environments.

Feedback Cancellation

Innovations in hearing aids in the last few years have aimed to eliminate one of the biggest complaints hearing aid wearers have: the annoying whistling called feedback. It can be caused by a number of things, such as hugging a loved one, having the hearing aid brushed by hair or simply being outside on a windy day. Feedback cancellation hearing aid features virtually eliminated buzzing and whistling without compromising performance.

Multi-Memory Settings

A traditional hearing aid simply amplified all sounds. A multi-memory setting hearing aid features now allow a device to perform differently in many specific environments. For instance, one memory remembers the settings you prefer in social settings, while another will be reserved for driving in the car or being outside. By having multiple memories, hearing aids offer a more optimal performance for an active lifestyle.

Directional Microphone

The microphone component of a hearing aid amplifies incoming sounds for greater audibility. Directional microphone hearing aid features give the microphone the power to focus on targeted sounds. A directional microphone will help a wearer hear speech in a noisy environment. It works to target speech sounds and reduce the background noise.

Telecoil

This hearing aid feature improves a users ability to talk on the telephone. Telecoil settings amplify sound from your phone without picking up background noise and helping to prevent feedback. Besides the phone, T-coil settings can be used at venues that have a hearing loop installed. A hearing loop can be connected to a public address system or television in settings like churches, auditoriums or even your own living room. With the telecoil turned on the sound others hear from a loudspeaker is streamed directly into the hearing aid.

Wireless Technology

Allows the user to connect directly – and wirelessly – to most media devices. Wireless technology hearing aid features give you the power to stream TV, radio cell phone and computer sounds in stereo-quality directly through the hearing aid.

At Hearing Lab we know that ever changing hearing aid technology can make researching and deciding which hearing aid features are right for you a difficult process. Our hearing specialists help you make the very important decisions about what is right for your lifestyle. We want to ensure that every patient gets the right hearing aids to best meet their hearing loss and lifestyle needs. To start this process we recommend a complimentary hearing evaluation and consultation, followed by a 30-day trial, so you can test the hearing aids before you buy them.