Programmable hearing aids can be used for any type of hearing impairment, ranging from mild to severe. Also, they are convenient to handle and adjust, as per the varying hearing conditions.
In today’s times, hearing aids come in a variety of forms. However, the most popular ones are the programmable hearing aids. They employ an advanced technology, in which the circuit is programmed using a computer. The circuit can be adjusted according to the user’s needs. These hearing instruments are easy to wear and can adjust the volume automatically on the basis of the incoming sound.
Conventional hearing devices do not provide any flexibility as they are equipped with only one setting which cannot be altered. Even after wearing these non-programmable devices, the patient is not able to effectively communicate with others. This is because these devices do not deliver clear sound to the user, as they cannot filter the background noise. On the other hand, programmable hearing instruments allow the user to alter the settings as required. The patient has the option to control the volume. But, in most cases, these programmable devices do not provide any control settings as they are programmed to adjust automatically to the changing environment. Thus, the circuitry makes low-frequency sounds louder and vice versa. As they have adjustable circuits, users find it extremely comfortable to use these devices. The ‘automatic volume control’ feature of these hearing aids makes life simpler for the patient.
Depending upon the severity of the hearing loss, the doctor decides which programmable circuit will work best for the patient. When an appropriate programmable instrument is selected, the doctor connects it to a computer for determining the listening program that matches the patient’s hearing capability. Since the ability to hear, varies from person to person, one may have to visit the doctor a number of times to set the program that fits the patient’s needs. A thorough hearing examination will be required in order to specifically program the device for the individual.
If the patient’s hearing ability decreases further, there is no need to buy a new device. The patient has to simply visit the audiologist to reset the circuit that suits his level of hearing. Thus, the instrument can be reprogrammed to meet the changing hearing needs over time. Reprogramming allows modifications in the sound quality of the device as per the requirement. Unlike other advanced digital hearing instruments, these devices come at a reasonable price and are a great choice if one wants to enjoy a better quality of sound for effective communication. The cost varies between $1300 to $1700.
Programmable hearing aids have greatly improved the quality of life in people suffering from hearing loss. So people hard-of-hearing, need not worry as these hearing aids provide an excellent sound quality. It is indeed a boon for the hearing impaired.