Specs avers Advance hearing aids are built for us by world-leading manufacturers, so you’ll find all the same great technology you’d find in other hearing aid brands, just at Specs avers prices. Your hearing is unique, and so is your hearing loss. That’s why our models all vary to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget. All hearing aids from Standard to Elite feature direct streaming which means you can connect to your smart phone for ease of use.
As the level of technology increases, digital hearing aids become more automatic and have more features to help you communicate in difficult listening situations. New technologies translate to higher price points for hearing aids and greater benefits. The following features are more likely to be offered in advanced hearing aids. Note that these kinds of advanced features are unique to hearing aids, and are not found in personal hearing amplifiers. Modern hearing-aid technology can help you hear what you want to hear when you want to hear it.
Many devices have features that hearing aid wearers would never have dreamed of 50 or even 20 years ago.
Bluetooth compatibility is a wireless feature that enables hearing aids to connect to mobile phones and other devices that use Bluetooth, often through an intermediary device. Bluetooth technology has the ability to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and eliminate feedback from the microphone because the signal bypasses the microphone and directly enters the hearing aid’s processor. A Bluetooth connection is also less likely to experience interference, which can occur with an FM system (see below under basic features).
Some premium hearing aids come with artificial intelligence (AI), which allows them to access a deep neural network to process sound. By logging volume control settings and program preferences for certain sound environments, the hearing aids can begin to make these changes automatically when the environment is detected. Essentially, a DNN allows hearing aids to begin to mimic how your brain would hear sound if your hearing wasn’t impaired.
Fully digital hearing instruments use the newest and most advanced type of technology. These instruments actually convert analogue sounds to a digital form and use computer technology to process the sound signal which allows much more precise control of the signal. The hearing care professional uses a computer to program and adjust these instruments.
In addition to basic digital hearing aid technology, each major hearing aid manufacturer offers several levels of advanced technology. As the level of technology increases, hearing instruments become more automatic and are equipped with more sophisticated features for people who regularly encounter dynamic listening situations. Examples of some of these advanced features, what they do and how they can benefit are shown below.
Most of today's progress hearing aids come with smartphone apps, allowing the user to make adjustments, contact their hearing care supplier, and monitor battery life. Most importantly, some of them work like assistive listening devices, by routing phone calls or other sources of sounds directly to a user's hearing aids. Some also can convert speech into text, and translate different languages.
The most sophisticated hearing aids come with tinnitus masking features. An audiologist or other hearing care provider can program them to emit sounds that mask the tinnitus or ringing in your ears. (But for many people with tinnitus, simply amplifying the sounds you've been missing with a hearing aid can help minimize tinnitus, which often extend when a person experiences age-related hearing loss.)
Directional microphone systems are designed to boost sounds coming from the front of the wearer and reduce sounds coming from other directions. Different system designs block out more or less of the sounds coming from behind the wearer. These systems improve speech understanding in background noise. consent is higher for hearing aids with directional microphone systems than for hearing aids without them.