At All Ears Audiology we do things differently. We spend time getting to know you and your listening goals prior to recommending any hearing solutions. You will be assigned a primary hearing health professional at your first visit, however your hearing assessment results and goals will be discussed at our weekly team meetings. The All Ears Audiology team consists of experienced specialists in hearing aids and implantable hearing technology. This means that you can be assured that you have been provided with all of the options available to meet your listening goals. In fact, we are one of the few practices in Adelaide able to provide this service.
Advanced technology is just that – higher level technology that processes incoming sound to provide the cleanest signal possible for speech understanding. It is important to remember that no hearing device will eliminate background noise completely or restore your hearing to “normal hearing”. The most advanced hearing aids are designed to make speech as intelligible as possible in both quiet and noisy environments. Please find examples of advanced technology available in hearing aids;
Features in hearing aids:
- Automatic features refers to the way in which advanced technology in hearing aids constantly assesses the user’s listening environment and smoothly adjusts processing strategies to emphasise speech in quiet, at a reasonable distance and in background noise.
- Noise reduction helps to decrease background noise thereby providing increased comfort for the listener.
- Binaural co-ordination/synchronization is where the hearing aids work together to analyse speech or sounds coming from different angles by adjusting the sensitivity of the microphones accordingly. For example, if wind has been detected by one ear it will send a message across to the other ear so it can prepare for the oncoming wind. When the telephone rings, in some levels of technology, the ear that is not in contact with the telephone can have the volume automatically reduced to improve listening on the phone. Again the primary aim is to enhance the desired speech signal and reduce unwanted background noise.
- Head relate transfer functions: As discussed above, our outer ear assists in emphasising important acoustic information for understanding speech. As we are all unique, this feature takes into consideration individual ear sizes and shapes. When we introduce a hearing device the subtle changes to the ear’s natural acoustics can be detected by the wearer which can take time to relearn the sounds in the environment. With advanced technology, hearing aids can assess and measure the individual way the sound arrives to each ear and replicate these unique acoustics making the transition to a hearing device easier and more natural.
- Data logging/data learning is where the hearing aid can monitor and record the usage and manual adjustments made by the wearer to each hearing aid in their daily listening environments. This is most beneficial for your hearing health professional as it provides vital information to assist with achieving optimal settings in your hearing aids. Data learning or self-learning features can adjust your hearing aid automatically to reflect your preferred listening settings.
- Wind noise managers help to reduce wind disturbance through the microphone by adjusting the hearing aids automatically. This is beneficial for wearers who enjoy outdoor activities.
- Feedback manager assists to supress annoying whistling or feedback from the hearing aid. Feedback occurs when sound that has been processed through the microphone reaches the microphone again. A hug from a loved one should be free from annoying whistling.
- Automatic telephone enables the hearing aid to automatically switch to a telephone program when a phone is positioned near the hearing aid. This is designed to maximise the clarity on corded phones and some cordless models or mobiles (some models may require the assistance of a magnet which is provided with your hearing aid if required).
- Tinnitus maskers generate a low level noise that works to distract the brain from focusing on the tinnitus. This sound can be adapt to pitches which can assist in further relief.