Not all hearing aids are created equally. In fact, some are more technologically advanced than others. Hearing aid technology can be beneficial to many people, especially if they are particularly hard of hearing or require extra help. This is where hearing aid special features and technology can come into play. Extra features enable people to hear in specific settings, such as movie theaters, concerts or other busy environments.

Common hearing aid features

  1. Directional microphone systems: These give preference to sounds coming from one direction, such as in front of a person versus behind a person.
  2. Digital noise reduction: This feature determines if a signal includes unwanted noise, such as background conversation amidst a noisy environment.
  3. Impulse noise reduction: Impulse noises, such as the rattle of car keys or dishes rattling, can be jarring to people wearing hearing aids. This feature reduces the intensity of the jarring.
  4. Feedback management: Feedback can occur with all types of hearing aids. Feedback management features reduce or eliminate feedback noises, such as whistling.
  5. Telecoil: Telecoils pick up signals and sends them to external devices, such as telephones or other electromagnetically looped system.
  6. FM compatibility: This feature, which includes a special attachment known as a boot, enables people who wear hearing aids to connect with FM systems wirelessly.
  7. Bluetooth capability: Like the FM compatibility feature, the Bluetooth feature enables wearers to connect to devices, including smartphones, MP3 players and other Bluetooth devices.
  8. Wind noise reduction: Like the feedback management feature, wind noise reduction can reduce the whooshing noise often experienced when high winds blow.
  9. Data logging: Highly advanced hearing aids include data logs, which stores information about the common listening environments a hearing aid wearer experiences.

What features do I need?

The types of features you will need or could benefit from will depend on the type and degree of hearing loss you’ve been diagnosed with. The diagnosing audiologist will be able to explain what features are best for you and what options are available.

Buying your hearing aid

Once your audiologist determines what the best hearing aid styles and features are for your particular hearing loss, budget and lifestyle needs, they will offer you a selection of different models. Work with your audiologist to find the hearing aid the fits all of your specific needs and wants.