Ever since hearing aids were first created, hearing aid manufacturers have been developing new features that hearing aid users knew they wanted. Back in the day, everyone wanted their hearing aids to be as invisible as possible.
Today’s premium hearing aids are built with cool features that help improve your overall experience and your ability to hear better. Some are even designed to be invisible.
Many of these features that exist in today’s hearing aids include Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeability, receive the most attention. However, there are certain features that are just as if not even more important than these other headline features, and you’ve probably never even heard of them.
In this video, Dr. Cliff speaks to three features of hearing aids that most people don’t know about, but really should. He mentions how ReSound OMNIA includes all of these important features and many more.
Dr. Cliff shared more details on the three features he feels that people should know about:
1. The first lesser known hearing aid feature you might not even be aware of is directionality.
- Having multiple hearing aid microphones allows hearing aids to prioritize sounds coming from certain directions and reduce amplification given to sounds coming from other directions, which is super helpful if you’re in a noisy environment and you’re trying to hear the person you’re talking to, but you don’t want the background noise distracting you.
- Having these directional microphones can significantly improve how well you hear in a background noise situation and improve your overall auditory comfort at the same time. The more narrow these directional microphones make this pickup range, the better this feature works.
2. The second lesser known hearing aid feature that you may not even be aware of but should is called noise reduction for sudden loud sounds.
- Noise reduction is a feature you may already be aware of, but it is typically used to reduce the amount of amplification given to steady state noises in your environment like a fan or a vehicle engine. However, when it comes to sudden loud sounds, hearing aid circuits are designed not to adjust amplification levels too fast because it can create distortion.
- This is why having a different type of noise reduction designed to reduce these sudden loud sounds is so important inside of a hearing aid. If you don’t like the sound of a door slamming, a dog barking, or keys being dropped on the counter, then you want to make sure this feature is available inside of your hearing aids.
3. And the third lesser known hearing aid feature you probably don’t know about, but really should is the M&RIE Receiver.
- The M&RIE Receiver was originally introduced with ReSound ONE hearing aids and is now available with the ReSound OMNIA hearing aids. It was designed to preserve your natural pinna effect by placing a microphone on the back of a receiver inside of your ear canal.
- The pinna effect offers a variety of benefits, including being able to better identify where sound is coming from and reducing the amount of wind noise you hear, which will help you hear more naturally.
- When you’re using the M&RIE Receiver the overall sound quality improves, as indicated by sound quality ratings are consistently higher. To ensure the M&RIE Receiver is giving you all of the added benefits, you can use the Check My Fit feature inside of the ReSound Smart 3D App as well.
In addition to these wonderful features, there’s even more good news about the ReSound OMNIA hearing aids on top of the fact they have the M&RIE Receiver. They also have the ability to perform directionality and they have impulse noise reduction.
When it comes to directionality, ReSound has a new program called Front Focus.
- The new Front Focus program uses an extremely narrow binary beamformer to pick up speech directly in front of you. It’s one of those features that allows you to hear 150% better in a background noise situation compared to ReSound’s previous generation technology.
- If your ReSound OMNIA hearing aids are making you hear too well and you’re getting too much of those impulse sounds, you can strengthen impulse noise reduction inside of the programming software to make sure that the next time someone’s yelling at you, slamming a door or throwing keys on the counter, it doesn’t bother you as much. The impulse noise feature is critical to have, especially if you’re someone who has sound sensitivity issues.
Overall, when you are looking for new hearing aids, you want to make sure the hearing aids have all of the features that are necessary to help you hear your best.
We encourage you to visit a hearing care professional to explore what amazing features exist inside of today’s modern hearing aids. To find one near you, visit: https://www.resound.com/en-us/find-a-professional.
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