Hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in the recent past, allowing for better sound quality and improved speech recognition in noisy environments. Digital hearing aids, which are adjusted by a computer, provide remarkable flexibility, allowing the audiologist to precisely fine-tune and custom fit the hearing instrument to the individual needs of the wearer. Digital hearing aids can be modified should your hearing change or as your listening needs change. Your audiologist will help you choose the best instrument according to your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Hearing aid technology can be broadly divided into basic and advanced groups, based on the sophistication of features available in the processor. Typically, basic digital hearing aids generally require the wearer to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments such as turning a volume control up or down, or pushing a button to change listening programs. In contrast, a premium or more advanced hearing aid responds automatically to changes in the listener's environment, making changes based on the signals being detected by the hearing aid. The hearing aid wearer is not required to make any manual changes. As the level of the technology increases in hearing aids, so do the availability of advanced features.