Dr. Amy White continues her discussion about different tiers of hearing technology. In this video, she dives into premium-level hearing devices. Premium-level devices are best suited for people who spend time in high-demand listening situations at work and for fun. The devices are able to reduce background noise effectively, and bilateral devices can communicate with one another to localize sound. For more information about premium-level hearing devices, watch the latest video.
Hi, I’m Dr. Amy White, audiologist and owner at Elk Grove Hearing Care, and today we’re going to continue our discussion about hearing aid technology levels and how we use your lifestyle to best figure out which hearing aid would be best for you.
Today we’re going to talk about premium-level hearing aids. So again, most manufacturers have kind of a basic and a mid and a premium-level device. Premium level hearing aids are really important for people who have a lot of demands on their ears. So people who are still working that find themselves in a lot of meetings and a lot of diverse listening environments really best are suited for a premium-level device.
People who even aren’t working but that like to socialize a lot, they like to go out to concerts and movies and a lot of restaurants still may find that a premium-level device is best for them.
The biggest way premium-model devices are different from mid- and basic-level hearing aids are that premium level hearing aids actually talk to each other. So the hearing aids actually compare and contrast what’s happening on each side of your head so they can best figure out where to focus the microphones and best figure out then where to deemphasize for background noise.
Now keep in mind that no hearing aid, no matter how expensive or how good it claims to be, can eliminate background noise. None of them do that, and don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise. However, they should mitigate the noise so much that you can go ahead and have those conversations you want to hear despite the noise in most situations.
Occasionally, you will still come across a really loud bar or really loud restaurant in which, if other people that have normal hearing can’t really hear, you’re certainly not going to hear well either. Hearing aids don’t give you super hearing, but they should allow you to have conversations in most environments where your normal-hearing peers would as well.
If you’d like to talk more about these, come and see us at Elk Grove Hearing Care.