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Digital Hearing Aids Providence RI

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Jay
(401) 849-4448
850 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI
 
Beltone New England
(401) 826-1400
15 Sandy Bottom Rd
Coventry, RI
 
Miracle Ear
(401) 725-5798
1044 Smithfield Ave
Lincoln, RI
 
Suburban Hearing Aid Center
(401) 737-3480
2907 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
 
Hear Again
(401) 461-0009
935 Park Ave Ste 7
Cranston, RI
 
Beltone New England
(401) 762-2900
2168 Diamond Hill Rd
Woonsocket, RI
 
South County Hearing Services
(401) 789-1906
360 Kingstown Rd
Narragansett, RI
 
Beltone New England
(401) 737-1320
400 Bald Hill Rd
Warwick, RI
 
Ocean State Hearing Aid Center Inc
(401) 231-2444
400 Putnam Pike Ste A
Smithfield, RI
 
Atlantic Hearing Center Inc
(401) 942-8080
940 Reservoir Ave
Cranston, RI
 

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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