Today’s digital hearing instruments use “algorithms” (which are sets of step-by-step instructions that are used to accomplish a task) to analyze and categorize incoming sounds. In effect, these sophisticated algorithms can intercept sounds, code them, and cleanse them before they reach the listener’s ear. With this in mind, a hearing instrument with the “impulse noise reduction” feature can filter out transient loud noises such as plates clattering and glasses clinking at the dinner table. Without impulse noise reduction, these loud sounds may drive hearing instrument users to go so far as to shut off their instruments. Impulse noise reduction softens these sounds so that the instrument wearer can continue to carry on a conversation without distraction.
P.S. “Directional microphones” make it easier for hearing-instrument users to hear in noisy environments by reducing background noise from the back and side directions.
Hearing aids are available in many styles. Some styles are better suited for mild to moderate hearing loss, while others will work with any degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids also differ in their ease of use, their battery life and how much wind noise they pick up. To schedule an appointment, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. We are registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. “Hear the Sounds of Life.”