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Which hearing aids have the best directional microphones?

Technically, I believe all manufacturers use the same microphones but the algorithms that each digital hearing aid uses for processing...

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Are the new Oticon Opn hearing aids really that much better in background noise? I am considering upgrading from Alta2.

We have only fit a handful of patients so far. But, so far the feedback (no pun intended) has been great for hearing in noise! We all have...

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Can hearing aids be used with noise-cancelling headphones?

Shari Eberts recently published The Joys Of Noise-Cancelling Headphones With Hearing Loss, where she talks about using her Bose noise-cancelling...

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Do hearing aids really block out background noise?

Hearing aids by their very nature are sophisticated amplification devices.  As such they do not cancel out noise.  They simply do not reproduce or...

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Does "noise reduction" actually improve the signal-to-noise ratio or just make the sound more comfortable?

True "noise reduction" algorithms can provide a slight improvement in signal-to-noise ratio (or SNR), and these algorithms are getting better all...

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What is the occlusion effect? Is it an issue for noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds?

The occlusion effect can be experience by placing your fingers in your ear canals and talking. Occlusion occurs when the speaker's own voice...

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What does the QuickSIN test measure? My score was 8. What does this result mean? Is my problem my hearing or my brain?

QuickSIN is a speech in noise test. It determines the signal-to-noise ratio (s/n) at which you can understand speech. The test begins at a...

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