What Types Of Hearing Aid Technology Are Available?
There are essentially three levels of hearing aid technology. We refer to these as analog, digitally programmable, and digital. At CSG Better Hearing Center, we dispense only the highest level of technology, which is digital hearing instruments.
ANALOG technology is the technology that has been around for many decades. Analog technology is basic technology and offers limited adjustment capacity. It is rarely used today and is becoming obsolete.
DIGITAL technology is the most sophisticated hearing aid technology. Digital technology gives the audiologist maximum control over sound quality and sound processing characteristics. There are qualitative indications that digital instruments do outperform digitally programmable and analog hearing aids. Digitals are not perfect, but they are very good. Digital hearing aids have been widely available since 1996 and Mike Hall, an Audiologist and owner/partner at CSG was the first to wear this in the US. The digital technology ranges from basic to advanced devices. A person’s lifestyle is the determining factor to decide which will be most beneficial.
EXTENDED WEAR technology has been available since January 2007. Our offices were the fourth to start using this revolutionary technology. The device is worn 24 hours a day for up to four months at a time. It is inserted deep into the ear canal by an audiologist. Due to the location, the sound quality is significantly better and more natural than traditional devices which was proven in a study performed in our offices in 2008 with 101 patients.