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Which hearing aids have the best directional microphones?

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Timothy Charles Steele, PhD

Audiologist in Overland Park

26 September 2016 - 2474 Views

Technically, I believe all manufacturers use the same microphones but the algorithms that each digital hearing aid uses for processing vary greatly.  I think it would be difficult to answer exactly what "directional microphones are best in which hearing aids" because each manufacturer has their own proprietary hardware and software that is responsible for how the directional microphones operate/perform.  I believe the individual patient needs are best addressed in a personalized consultation with an audiologist who can review the communication needs... Read more

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


Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Deerfield

16 June 2016 - 4243 Views

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 different abilities to hear in noise and from my standpoint, this is a key factor in personalizing any solution.

Can hearing aids be used with noise-cancelling headphones?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

02 April 2018 - 183 Views

Shari Eberts recently published The Joys Of Noise-Cancelling Headphones With Hearing Loss, where she talks about using her Bose noise-cancelling headphones with her hearing aids. While Shari uses in-the-canal style hearing aids, I believe you can use noise-cancelling headphones with just about any type of hearing aid, so long as the headphones are big enough to fit over your hearing aids. "Circumaural" headphones, like the ones Shari uses, sit over and around the ear, and typically provide enough space for behind-the-ear hearing aids. However, if the... Read more

I am considering upgrading from the Resound Verso to the Resound LiNX2 962. How much improvement can I expect in noisy situations, without using the remote mic or iPhone app?


Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD

Audiologist in Newport News

14 November 2017 - 132 Views

I think you will notice a larger difference between the Verso and the LiNX 3D rather than the Verso and the LiNX2.

Do hearing aids really block out background noise?

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Christopher S. Frink, MS

Audiologist in Salem

29 June 2017 - 3187 Views

It depends on perspective.  Hearing aids do not truly block background noise, but can limit what the hearing aids amplify.  The primary complaint of hearing aid users about their performance is how they function in background noise.  What they are really complaining about is not hearing background noise, however, but not hearing what they want to hear (i.e. the speech of a partner) while in the presence of background noise.  Without special features to help in this situation, hearing aids tend to amplify everything around them.  So, the solution for... Read more

I have reverse slope hearing loss. I have a pair of Oticon OPN 1 hearing aids. My audiologist does not seem to know how best to program them. I still have problems with speech in noise. Any suggestions?

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Keith Lam, BSc

Inventor, MBA-TM, BSET in Albuquerque

04 May 2017 - 2642 Views

Noise is inherently low frequency.  If you have reverse slope loss and your hearing aid is programmed with too much low frequencies, that would interfere with your clarity for speech understanding, especially in noisy situation.  I would try to increase the mid frequencies and lower the low frequencies, as you probably would have enough high frequencies already.  A discrimination test with the hearing aids in the ears would probably help to determine the effectiveness of the hearing aids after they had been programmed.