Digital hearing aids are the most advanced hearing aid technology available and can be worn comfortably by people of all ages, from infants as young as two months of age to the elderly. Digital hearing aids are available in a variety of price ranges and styles, including small, discreet models that are virtually invisible. There are several options available to improve your hearing in specific situations.
These devices make it easier to hear in loud social settings, such as a party or noisy restaurant. This technology uses two microphones -- one picks up sounds from all directions, while the other amplifies sounds from just one direction. If you are having a face-to-face conversation, most hearing aids will automatically adjust the microphones, or you can activate the directional microphone to turn up the volume of sounds in front of you, such as the other person’s voice.
Also known as a T-coil or telephone adapter, this lets you switch between normal hearing aid settings and a special setting that improves your ability to hear phone conversations. The technology works with landlines as well as hearing-aid-compatible mobile phones. The telecoil also allows the listener to connect to a loop system, which is a hearing-aid-compatible sound system feature that is common in large auditoriums or places of worship.