Technology & Features Explained
Hearing aid features can be explained in the same way you consider apps. Hearing aids have a core operating system which is designed to help you hear better. That core system gives you the amplification you need in the different areas that you need it. The different technology levels offer better versions of that core operating system. What they also offer is better features or apps.
Let’s look at noise reduction for instance, in lower levels of technology the noise reduction app may be less featured or it is an older app. In higher levels of technology, the noise reduction may be a brand new app that uses the very latest features. In the highest level of technology the noise reduction app on one hearing aid actually collaborates with the noise reduction app on the other.
I think this is the easiest way to frame the concept, most people understand the idea of apps now. This concept can be used across the different features in hearing aids. It is as true for directional microphones and feedback management as it is for noise reduction. There are a huge amount of hearing aid features and they are often called different things by different hearing aid brands just to make it more confusing. If you have specific questions about any hearing aid feature, feel free to browse the information here or contact us and we will explain it for you.
Hearing Aid Technology Levels
In the following paragraphs, I will split hearing aid technology into four levels using the model used by Phonak, Widex and others. Even if a brand offers five levels of tech, once you work within the low, mid, high framework, you will pretty much always be able to work out where you are. So, let’s take a look at hearing aid technology.
Basic technology hearing aids
Basic or entry-level hearing aids tend to be pretty basic, however, that is not to say that they won’t help you. As I said your needs are based on your lifestyle, so if you have a relatively sedentary life and you just want to hear the TV and radio clearly, these are for you. Basic level hearing aids will also allow you to converse easily with small groups and give assistance in moderately noisy situations. However, once the noise raises beyond that, they will struggle. If you pair these devices to a remote microphone, you will find that you get a bit more help, some remote microphones are just for clipping on a partner, so they will help if you are in a restaurant or pub. Other remote mics also act as a desk mic, these devices are smarter and may help with small groups in noisy situations.
Lower-mid technology hearing aids
The lower mid-level of technology is second from the bottom, in general, they are lower mid-level and not advanced basic. I know that seems to be an arbitrary description, but there is merit to it. The basic hearing aids in most ranges tend to offer simple older features, whereas, the lower mid-level tends to offer simpler newer features. It basically means that the features in the lower mid are usually more advanced and more modern. These devices are aimed at people who are a little more active. The features in these hearing aids are designed to help you hear in slightly more challenging sound situations. This level of technology is designed for someone who is more active in their life.
Upper-mid technology hearing aids
This level of technology is almost as good as the premium technology. In recent years hearing aid brands have packed these hearing aids with some of their best features. They do limit them somewhat and there is a clear reason why you would still go for the premium level. However, having said that, these devices are pretty excellent in general. This level of tech is ideal for active people delivering good sound quality and speech clarity in most situations they will find themselves in. When combined with good accessories, these hearing aids really are pretty excellent.
Premium level hearing aids
This level of technology is where the hearing aid brands introduce all of their very latest features. Pretty much simply put, if you have to hear every word said no matter what the sound environment is, well then this is the level of technology you need to consider. They are designed to handle the most complex sound situations and deliver the best speech clarity and most natural sound.