Hearing aid technology has come a long way in the last few years, thanks to the computer microchip and digital circuitry. Digital hearing aids provide benefits such as faster processing, programmability, and reduced feedback.
Dennis Burrows, Ph.D., Audiologist and Executive Director, had an article published in the July 2010 issue of Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation. The article addressed the use of Bluetooth in hearing aids.
Miriam Sims, Office Manager and Audiometric Technician, obtained her recertification as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist. Ms. Sims works in the Center's Industrial Audiology program serving over 30 different industries throughout the Pee Dee Region.
The Center has recently added a special piece of equipment used to assist in fitting hearing aids. The Audioscan Verifit Real-Ear Mapping System is a "real life" fitting and verification tool that allows the audiologist to more precisely and accurately program a hearing aid to fit the "real life" needs of a patient.
Hearing aids are small, easy to use, and provide a better sound experience.
The hearing aid fitting process typically consists of six stages: assessment, treatment, planning, selection, verification, orientation, and validation. By utilizing the latest technology, the process of fitting hearing aids has become more accurate and efficient.
Most individuals with hearing loss are fit with two hearing aids (binaural). The benefits of wearing two hearing aids enhances the ability to a) hear better in the presence of background noise, b) determine where sound is coming from, and c) hear soft sounds at lower levels.
Many hearing aids in use today are equipped with a telecoil. This feature couples directly with hearing aid compatible telephones and assistive listening devices, improving intelligibility in noisy situations, poor acoustical environments, and at long distances from the speaker.
There are over 1,000 types and models of hearing aids to satisfy an individual's hearing loss needs and improve their quality of life.