Factors for Improving Hearing in Noise:
Choose the highest level of technology you can afford. The difference in the three levels of technology is performance in noisy environments. Each manufacturer has proprietary strategies with some truths:
1. No hearing aid eliminates all background noise. All hearing aids improve the speech to noise ratio (reducing noise, raising speech).
2. Siemens (Signia) hearing aids enable the listener to hear better in noise than people with normal hearing.
4. Phonak's new AutoSense Sky offers improved speech to noise ratio for kids. This is especially important for children integrated into classes with normal hearing children.
At Appalachian Audiology, aspects of hearing-in-noise are measured and incorporated into recommendations for hearing aid circuits and accessories.
Budget concerns often lead people to question if one hearing aid can adequately compensate for their hearing loss. While the audiologist must address this concern with each patient individually, wearing two hearing aids offers several advantages including an improved ability to understand speech and participate in conversations in noisy environments. For more information on the advantages of wearing two hearing aids, click here.