Digital Technology

With all the in-depth, technologically-thick talk about digital hearing aids, a hearing aid consumer may forget that he or she is seeking a way to hear the world better. With all the confusing terms to translate, the search for hearing aids can be akin for many to the search for a high definition television. Different technologies are batted around just as terms like ‘Plasma’ and ‘high definition’ are becoming, common, every day words. Below, we share with you how to wade through all the technical jargon, making sure that you keep your focus on what’s most important – securing hearing aids that help you listen to the world once more.

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Digital hearing aids are:

– Simply a large category of hearing aids. Instead of using analog technology, which was heralded in its heyday as a large breakthrough in hearing aid capability, digital signaling is a different way for the hearing aid to capture sounds. Sounds are then translated so those who have difficulty hearing can experience what everyone else is hearing. Under the umbrella term of ‘digital’ lie many different sizes, shapes and models of hearing aids, but all rely on the same general digital technology.

– Part of the computer technology realm. Digital hearing aids in fact use computer technology in the form of a chip to turn the sounds in your world into signals which are then translated back to sounds inside your ear. It sounds complicated, but the system works remarkably well and is called digital signaling processing (DSP).

– Revered for their ability to filter background noise. If you’ve heard the saying “Seeing the forest for the tress,” you’ll understand the metaphor as it relates to hearing loss. Sometimes you want to simply hear the person who is talking right in front of you – not the entire ‘forest’ of people who surround you.

– A godsend to those who shudder from the sudden loudness of noises. Some digital hearing aids actually shut themselves off if a sound is too loud, keeping the ‘music’ of the world around you to a recognizable and reliable decibel level.

– More expensive than other types of hearing aids. Analog hearing aids, while not totally one-size-fits-all, definitely use less advanced technology than digital hearing aids. Thus, just like those televisions that work just fine but are not currently equipped for high definition purposes, they are less expensive than their higher-tech digital counterparts. Keep this in mind when you search for your hearing aids. If your budget does not permit you to purchase digital hearing aids, all is not lost. There are likely other options available to you.

Aidright.com offers hearing loss patients a wide variety of hearing aid and digital hearing aid choices. The audiologist maintained site also provides consumers with hearing aid prices and hearing aid comparisons.

With high definition video comes high definition sound. Consumer reviews can not decide if we are more or less aware of high definition radio, but there are some people definitely buying into the hype. High definition radio offers better sound, more stations, and fewer commercials that traditional methods.

Most people who listen to the radio during their commute have heard of high definition radio and how it can pick up the stations you normally could not hear. This is apparently because of the higher power and longer distance available with high definition models.

The high definition radio alliance is certainly latching onto all their recent success and have already announced a number of upgrades as well as new ad campaigns to target those who are not aware or have not already bought into this less than free upgrade from standard radio broadcast. Now that consumers are actually aware of the product, it is now time to convince finicky consumers in a finicky economy to shell out money for a new radio when their old one still works.

The problem here is that if you listen to radio enough to be hearing these commercials, then you probably already have a radio station or show you like. If all your presets are filled, why do you need more stations. In the troubled times we have, high definition radio may be an unreasonable or unnecessary purchase for most households.

Some studies show that due to the rise in use of public transportation and the decrease in time people who now spend more time at work have to listen to the radio, that awareness of this product may have declined. With all the focus on home theaters in your house and new technology at work, are we pushing useless technology on computer saturated markets?

The roll out of high definition digital radio to a public who does not even know much about it may have come too soon or just at a bad time. Consumers with higher priorities for technology as well as those who are spending less on technology are going to find this product superfluous at best and inane at worst. Sales of unnecessary items like light up belt buckles and car accessories are slowing and this might be in the same category.

My thought is to send this product out in another five years or so when the companies actually know how well radio is going to survive in the information age where radio broadcasts are also put out on the internet where an actual radio is not even needed.

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Digital Technology Definition