The smart digital hearing aid revolution


© G.B.

The Times of India reports on how smart digital hearing aids are changing the face of the hearing aid market. According to the report, growing numbers of people with mild to severe hearing loss are opting for smart hearing devices and moving away from simple analog aids that have been available for much longer.

Some of the benefits of these new devices that the article points to are their sleeker design, the ability to remotely connect to public announcement systems or microphones, and to receive data streamed through apps. Improved noise reduction is also a major factor pushing this change. GN ReSound’s Linx and Starkey’s Halo are now available in India along with other leading devices from Widex and Siemens. Downloadable smart hearing apps like RealClarity, Aud1 and EarMachine are also on offer on the internet.

New technologies are radically changing the market. Dr Someshwar Singh, a Delhi-based ENT surgeon explains, “Smart digital devices amplify only those sound frequencies the wearer cannot hear clearly. On the other hand, people who use analog aids always complain that they hear the ceiling fan just as loudly as the voice of the person talking to them.”

Smart hearing aids are however pricey, with analog variants costing significantly less. The price factor forces many people with hearing impairment in India to choose the older analog devices. In government-run schools, for example, children with hearing loss are provided free analog aids but with uniform calibration.

Source: The Times of India