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Digital Hearing Aids Marietta GA

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Audibel Hearing Aid Center
(770) 422-6644
135 Church St NE
Marietta, GA
 
Audiological Consultants of Atlanta
(678) 560-0011
Marietta, GA
 
Hearing Solutions
(770) 425-1095
1690 Powder Springs Rd SW Ste 208
Marietta, GA
 
Classic Hearing Aid Dispensory
(770) 427-6053
Marietta, GA
 
Leach Donna Ms Ccc A
(770) 425-1095
1690 Powder Springs Rd SW
Marietta, GA
 
Centre For Sound Hearing Aids
(770) 509-0207
2635 Sandy Plains Rd Ste A2
Marietta, GA
 
Senso Digital Hearing Aids
(770) 973-8750
134 Powers Ferry Rd SE
Marietta, GA
 
Optimal Hearing Systems Inc
(770) 422-6644
135 Church St NE
Marietta, GA
 
Cobb Audiology Services
(770) 590-8662
627 Cherokee St NE Ste 9
Marietta, GA
 
Audiology Division of Emory Healthcare
(404) 778-3381
543 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA
 

Buying New Digital Hearing Aids

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September 7, 2005: 1:35 pm: Dr. Neil Hearing Aids

Buying New Digital Hearing Aids

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

“Sally” wrote:

I am considering buying new hearing aids as mine are about 10 years old and are not digital. Are the digital ones really that much better? Also, what features would you suggest I look for? I’d appreciate your thoughts on all this.

Here are my views on this issue. As far as the quality of sound goes, digital hearing aids do not produce better sound than analog hearing aids. This was proved by one audiologist. He recorded speech through a digital aid and an analog aid. He then played these two examples to a group of fellow audiologists and asked them to vote. Surprisingly, they voted for the analog aid as producing the better sound. So don’t listen to all the hype that says that digitals produce so much better sound.

However, digital aids do have some nice features that analog ones don’t have. Besides it is getting harder and harder to find someone selling analog aids now.

Here is the list of features you should look for in your new aid–depending on your hearing loss and your typical listening environment.

First, you want hearing aids with telecoils (t-coils). If they don’t have t-coils, don’t get them. That’s how important they are–even if you don’t know what a t-coil is or how to use it at this point. Just make sure you have them. Telecoils allow you to couple your hearing aid with a great variety of assistive listening devices to give you unbelievably clear sound.

Second, if you get automatic anything, such as automatic t-coils, automatic volume control, automatic adaptive programs, etc., make sure you can manually over-ride each automatic feature. If you don’t, you could be very sorry. If you find you don’t often need to manually over-ride your new hearing aid’s computer, great, but you will be able to do so when you need to.

Third, you should get either directional microphones and/or noise-canceling microphones on your hearing aids. This can really help you in noisy situations. Some hearing aids are much better in this regard that others, so you have to try them out to see which works the best in your situation.

Fourth, you want excellent wide band dynamic compression or the equivalent. This feature amplifies softer sounds yet, at the same time, doesn’t allow louder sounds to become so loud they hurt. This is very important if you have severe recruitment like I have. However, watch out, some hearing aids are set so that they cut the sound out at times, which is very disconcerting and totally unnecessary in my opinion. Others distort compressed sounds quite a bit. Again, try your aids out under different conditions and have them adjusted as many times as needed to get the compression set to work prop...

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