It used to be that hearing instruments amplified sounds of all frequencies equally. This meant that the lower-frequency sounds associated with background noise were given the same emphasis as high-frequency sounds found in conversation. This approach did not help those with the most common type of hearing loss, which primarily occurs in the higher frequencies. Since then, however, the digital age has ushered in products that help make conversation in the higher frequencies more distinguishable. Digitally programmed hearing instruments use microchip technology to customize amplification of sound. By turning up some frequencies and keeping others at normal input levels, it is possible to hear the high-frequency sound of a whisper over the din of background noise.
Like many other high-tech devices, high expectations often go hand in hand with digital hearing aids. Counseling our patients about appropriate expectations will continue to be important as hearing technology progresses. At EAR & HEARING CLINIC, our goal is to help people of all ages hear better and improve their quality of life. As registered members of the College of Audiologists and speech Language Pathologists of Ontario, we are among the highest qualified regulated hearing health care professionals in Canada. “Hear the sounds of Life.”