So whats the deal with digital hearing aids

Nowadays, most people who have hearing problems are advised to get a digital hearing aid, rather than an analogue hearing aid. Digital hearing aids are fast replacing the more traditional analogue hearing aid and are seen as a long-term replacement for the future.

How do digital hearing aids work?

Digital hearing aids work by converting sounds into numerical codes, which are interpreted and processed by a tiny computer. The hearing aids can be adapted to suit different environments and surroundings.

What are the advantages of digital hearing aids?

There are many benefits of digital hearing aids for improving audiology; these include:

  • Feedback reduction; feedback reduction is much greater in digital hearing aids than analogue hearing aids. Digital hearing aids are fitted with a cancellation filter, which eliminates moderate feedback.
  • Noise reduction: digital hearing aids eliminate low frequency sound waves.
  • Increased comfort: digital hearing aids are said to be much more comfortable than analogue hearing aids.
  • Enhanced speech: digital hearing aids can enhance the sound of specific sections of speech.
  • Increased versatility: the digital hearing aid can be adapted to different settings and environments to ensure audiology is at its optimum level.

Are digital hearing aids available on the NHS?

Yes, digital hearing aids are available on the NHS and most patients who are advised to have a hearing aid are now given digital hearing aids.

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