Hearing Aid Features

 

Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a wireless connection between audio/visual devices and hearing aids. You can create a direct connection to your cell phone, home phone, computer, MP3 player, or television to your hearing aids and enjoy conversations, tv, or music without interference.
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Remote Control
Remote controls enable you to adjust your hearing aid volume and programs easily with the touch of a button. This is a great option for people with limited dexterity or vision. There are several different styles for remotes to choose from, and all fit easily into a pocket. Some can be worn as a watch or put on your keychain. Remotes may work with Bluetooth in addition to controlling the hearing aids to allow listening to TV, cell phones and other devices. They are available with most styles of hearing aids.
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Rechargeable Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are available in full shell, behind-the-ear and mini behind-the-ear styles. This is a terrific option for people who have trouble changing batteries or who are concerned about the environment. The chargers come in two different models, depending on hearing aid style. In-the-ear style rechargeable aids have a 6 year warranty on the battery, and the battery never has to be changed. Behind-the-ear styles can use standard hearing aid batteries or rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable batteries are replaced about once per year.
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Directional microphones
Directional microphones improve hearing in noisy situations like a restaurant. While nothing can make background noise go away completely, directional microphones enhance speech signals so that conversations in a group are much easier. Multiple microphones are standard in most hearing aids today.
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Multiple bands/channels
Multiple bands/channels in digital hearing aids divide the sound spectrum into parts by pitch and by loudness. This allows for very specific adjustments in the hearing aids depending on hearing loss and environment. For example, important speech sounds are higher in pitch, so the aid can amplify those areas without making lower pitched sounds, like background noise, uncomfortable. More channels or bands mean greater flexibility in the setting and programming of the aid.
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Multiple programs
Multiple programs enable a hearing aid to sound different in different environments to allow you to hear better in different situations (watching tv, groups, church, etc). Some aids detect the environment and change automatically, and some require use of a remote control or a small button on the aid in order to activate another program.
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Frequency transposition
Frequency transposition shifts very high pitch sounds, where many people have trouble hearing, into a lower pitch. This can make the high frequency sounds of speech easier to hear, and can mean increased clarity for many people with high pitched hearing loss.
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Automatic Phone
Automatic phone is a special feature on many aids. It senses when a phone receiver is near the aid, and allows the aid to switch automatically to a phone program, which will give enhanced hearing on the phone without feedback (whistling) and without the need to manually change the hearing aid program. This option works best with landline phones.
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