New technologies are available in all hearing aid styles. Nearly everyone with hearing loss can be helped with today's hearing aids, but quality and features vary greatly among digital hearing aids. To achieve good benefit, hearing aids must be selected and programmed appropriately for your hearing loss and lifestyle. Therefore, the expertise of your audiologist is very important.
There are a wide range of features among today's digital hearing aids. Digital hearing aids are programmed by your audiologist using a computer. Many digital hearing aids have multiple programs for various listening situations, such as in noise or groups and for telephone, television, and music. Some digital hearing aids have dual microphones to reduce background noise and improve reception in a quiet versus noisy situation. Digital hearing aids typically have automatic volume adjustment. Digital hearing aids can be programmed to accommodate changes in hearing.
All hearing difficulties cannot be solved by hearing aid(s). Assistive listening devices can be used alone or with hearing aid(s) to improve communication in specific situations, such as with telephone, television, or in meetings.