Understanding Hearing Aids

The best way to think of a hearing aid today, is simply that you have a computer on your ears.

Today’s hearing aids can process data at a similar speed to your laptop or PC. So they can do a lot of processes at the same time. I will try to outline some of the main and some of the groundbreaking features here.

A typical thought of a hearing aid, is “one of those big beige units stuck to the top of an ear making a whistling noise”

We can assure you that these days are far gone!

Whistle Block – Eliminate annoying whistling
Whistling sounds in hearing aids are annoying and can be embarrassing, WhistleBlock suppresses feedback before it becomes audible to you or people around you.

Directional Microphones have revolutionised hearing aids for the past few years, up to now this has been the only way help you to hear when faced with background noise. Directional microphones have now got even more complex, to help even more when faced with background noise.

StereoZoom – Focuses on a single voice in a noisy crowd
One of the main complaints of hearing aid users is that they struggle to hear when they are in a noisy environment. Directional Microphones improved this but, since they all have a wide front focus, monaural directional systems do not sufficiently address the challenge of one-to-one communication in high levels of surrounding background noise. StereoZoom enables you to narrow the beam further and focus on a single speaker, while suppressing other interfering sounds.

ZoomControl – wherever speech comes from, auto ZoomControl automatically focuses on it
The introduction of ZoomControl revolutionised directional hearing and set a benchmark for binaural processing. It automatically tracks and focuses on speech, regardless of the direction, without the need to face the speaker.

Once activated, auto ZoomControl automatically selects the direction of the dominant speech source. When focusing to one side, the speech signal is picked up and amplified by the instrument on that side; simultaneously the entire signal is streamed to the other ear. As a result, the desired signal is heard in both ears, dramatically improving the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This unique feature provides natural binaural listening with all of its advantages.

DuoPhone – makes phone conversations as easy as they should be
DuoPhone is yet another benchmark binaural feature demonstrating the outstanding capabilities of the exclusive full-audio transmission. As soon as the phone conversation starts, the signal is streamed in real time to the other ear, so the caller’s voice is heard in both ears. The microphone of the receiving instrument is attenuated so background noise is reduced and SNR is significantly improved. The phone can be used with confidence and listening becomes enjoyable again.

SoundRecover – Enjoy a fuller spectrum of audible sounds
This feature makes high pitched sounds, which are normally difficult to hear even with amplification, more audible