Binaural Hearing Aids
Improved hearing at last!
Hearing aids are technologically advanced assistive devices that are on the same level as modern computers. Those old-looking devices with outdated technology have come and gone. Today’s hearing aids are far more than simple audio amplifiers; they now come loaded with a number of special features that enhance performance and usability.
Below, you can read about what binaural hearing aids offer and how they can make your listening experience much more pleasant. Of course, our hearing aid experts are available to help you with any questions related to hearing loss – free of charge and without obligation.
Binaural hearing aids v/s Monaural hearing aids
Hearing aids have been around for a long time but with so many advances in technology, there are so many options available for hearing systems. When the devices were first manufactured, they were monaural devices. That means that the devices worked individually and if a person was wearing two devices they wouldn’t connect to give an overall, surrounding sound. This meant the wearer could feel quite overwhelmed with all the different information being passed to the ear. However, the latest technology of binaural aids mean that the devices in the two ears are connected to give an overall sound. This ensures that the wearer is able to understand the surroundings without being overloaded with too many different sounds.
Orientation in a room and problem-free directional hearing essentially requires two healthy ears. The auditory center recognizes the tiniest differences between the incoming signals in the left and right ear, and allocates incoming signals to a position in the room (head shadow effect). Binaural signal processing also makes this possible with hearing aids, therefore enabling you to adequately assess direction. Hearing is also connected with balance so it is important that you wear hearing devices for both ears so your brain is able to understand the surroundings and help you balance.
First-time wearers and binaural devices
First time users feel more comfortable with one aid because they are being exposed to sounds that they were missing out on before and can feel overwhelmed when they start experiencing all the different sounds. Also their ear can get uncomfortable with wearing hearing aids, this is because they may be wearing small devices but it is still a foreign object that they have to wear throughout the day to ensure they get used to it. However, audiologists recommend that if you need hearing devices for both ears then you should start off with both devices. Over time, you would become comfortable with the sounds and feel less overwhelmed when the two devices connect to give an overall sound experience and better sound directionality compared to one standalone device.