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Understanding the Difference Between Basic and Advanced Hearing Aids

Understanding the Difference Between Basic and Advanced Hearing Aids

Have you recently been diagnosed with hearing loss by a hearing instrument specialist? If so, then the next step will be to get the right treatment and support. Typically, the answer here will always be hearing aids. Hearing aids can help you hear sounds more clearly in a variety of situations. As such, they can provide a significant benefit and dramatically improve your quality of life. People often assume that hearing aids are all the same and this isn’t quite true. Instead, the reality is that hearing aids come in a variety of different styles and designs.  

What are basic hearing aids?

Basic hearing aids are the bare bones devices. What this means is that they don’t come with all the different tech and options that are now available on the market. Instead, these devices will often be battery powered and can provide an elevation to your hearing. However, this will be the only option they bring. They will have a standard user system, switching on or off with maybe a few simple settings. The devices are often considerably cheaper than other options on the market because of their simplicity and basic design. 

What are advanced hearing aids?

Advanced hearing aids are completely different. These are modern devices that are complex and can be similar to minicomputers. They have numerous features that can typically be accessed by switching through different settings. In some cases, these features may also be automatic. The features are all designed to provide further support to your life and ensure that you get the best listening experience. It’s worth being aware of the different tech that you can get with advanced hearing aids. 

Tech and features available

As mentioned, there are a few different options for tech that you may want to consider here. With Bluetooth technology, you will be able to connect the hearing aids to a range of different Bluetooth devices. This could include your TV, radio or cell phone. By doing this you will be able to gain a clear, high quality sound directly to your ear from the device. This can ensure that you don’t have to worry about other environmental sounds interfering with your ability to hear. 

Advanced hearing aids will often have memory systems too. Memory systems mean that you will be able to tap into different settings depending on the environment that you are in. For instance, there will be a setting for a quiet environment compared to a loud crowd with numerous people. These can switch automatically. Or in some cases you may have to manually switch through the settings. Your hearing instrument specialist will show you how to do this if you choose these devices. 

Hearing aids may also come with the ability to focus attention on particular directions or sounds. For instance, the hearing aids will be able to reduce background noise. They will pick up on sounds that you do not need to hear like the ticking of a clock and focus on sound that you do like human speech. They can also direct the focus to hear sound from a specific source like someone sitting next to you or across the room. 

Advanced hearing aids may also come with masking technology. This will be useful for individuals who are suffering from tinnitus as well as hearing loss. Tinnitus causes you to hear sounds that are not there. With masking technology, you can make sure that these sounds are significantly reduced and as such will not be as disturbing in your life. 

It’s also possible to gain hearing aids that are rechargeable. As such, you won’t have to worry about investing in different batteries and other possibilities. This guarantees that the hearing aids are easier to operate, maintain and manage which is a huge benefit. 

Choosing your hearing aids

When selecting your hearing aids, you will want to think about what features are relevant to your lifestyle. For example, if you’re not a big user of tech, you may not need to worry about the possibility of a Bluetooth connection. Additionally, you will want to consider what your budget is. Technology can come at varying prices, so you will want to talk about the features that would be most beneficial to your specific needs. Your hearing instrument specialist will help you understand some of the options and find the right choice for your needs. 

If you have any more questions, make sure that you contact SoundChoice Hearing today at (505) 341-1300 for expert advice and support when it comes to your next pair of hearing aids.