Helping Florida Patients Understand How Hearing Aids Work
Hearing Aids in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, & Estero
Have you experienced hearing loss? Are you curious about how hearing aids work? Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Centers believe in educating patients about hearing aid technology. We want you to be able to make informed choices about what’s best for addressing your hearing loss needs. With clinics in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Estero, FL, we specialize in everything from entry- to premium-level hearing aids featuring the most advanced technology. If you’d like to learn more about the many different types of hearing aids we provide, we encourage you to sign up for one of our free educational seminars or contact us to schedule an appointment at our Florida location closest to you!
A Closer Look at the Basic Components Found in a Hearing Aid
Worn either inside or behind your ear, a hearing aid amplifies sound so individuals with hearing loss can hear better regardless of their environment. In the simplest terms, a hearing aid acts like a miniaturized PA system inside your ear. No matter the size or style, every hearing aid has four essential components: a microphone, amplifier, speaker (receiver), and power supply (battery). Sounds come to you through the microphone, and they’re made louder thanks to the amplifier. The speaker then processes the amplified sounds and sends them into your ear canal. Basically, a microphone converts sound into an electrical signal that is received by the speaker, which then converts it back into sound. The amplifier makes the signal stronger throughout the process.
The battery is what powers your hearing aid and makes this entire technological exchange possible. Most hearing aids are powered using zinc-air batteries, rechargeable batteries, or lithium-ion batteries. Today’s hearing aids also usually contain a digital chip that acts as the device’s brain, helping to analyze sounds it receives into a high-definition digital sound quality without as much background interference.
How Has the Digital Age Improved Hearing Aid Performance?
Just about everything has been improved thanks to the digital age, including hearing aid technology. Today’s hearing aids feature smart software to improve their performance, even in noisy environments. As a result, hearing aid wearers enjoy increased comfort and customized settings to complement their hearing needs more precisely. You won’t hear as much environmental feedback in today’s digital hearing aids, resulting in many notable communication improvements. Many of the newer models feature directional microphones, which hone in on conversations rather than other external stimuli to help you minimize distractions and focus on the sounds you want – or need – to hear. Computer-aided technology promises to make even more improvements to how hearing aids are designed and manufactured in the future, so they can continue to adapt to meet patients’ needs.
Enhanced Features Often Found on Premium-Level Hearing Aids
An entry-level hearing aid will require manual adjustments from the wearer, depending on many factors, including the environment. However, a premium-level hearing aid often comes with built-in features capable of making automatic adjustments. Most premium-level hearing aids today come equipped with any of the following to make hearing aids more comfortable and convenient than ever before:
- Directional microphones
- Feedback management
- Noise and wind reduction
- Data logging
- Bluetooth™ interface
- Wireless TV streamers
- Remote controls
Don’t Miss Out on Meaningful Conversations or Daily Activities
Individuals with hearing loss often miss out on many meaningful conversations and daily activities that others take for granted. However, there’s no reason why you can’t live your best life thanks to modern hearing aid technology. Would you like more information about how hearing aids work and how they will benefit you? Please contact Hoglund Family Hearing to schedule a free hearing assessment. Whether you’re located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, or Estero, FL, we’d love to help you find the hearing aid that most closely matches your budget and lifestyle.