Many modern hearing aids feature wireless technology. Wireless communication allows sound to be transferred into the hearing aids directly from sound sources such as mobile phones, tablets or televisions. Although for many people such features would not be beneficial as they do not use such devices, or they do not want the complexity of introducing additional wireless devices. There are however wireless features that are less obvious that all hearing aid wearers can find beneficial.
Binaural Spatial Processing
Binaural spatial processing sounds complicated, however simply put it is the ability of a pair of hearing aids to work together to help pick out voices in noisy or group situations. A simple example might be a noisy restaurant, when somebody starts talking on the hearing aid wearer’s right their right hearing aid detects this and tells the left hearing aid to reduce its sensitivity, therefore helping to emphasise the voice above the background noise.
An example of this technology is SpeechZone 2 which is featured in the current range of Unitron hearing aids. SpeechZone 2 automatically adjusts the sensitivity of the microphones on the hearing aids to track speech in any direction around the hearing aid wearer.
When using the telephone sound will be transferred into both ears simultaneously. Binaural phone enhances the clarity of telephone conversations and provides balanced conversations.
Wireless technology in hearing aids can be beneficial for all people. If you would like more information, or would like to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me.