What’s the Difference?
What Makes a level of Hearing Aid Technology “Good,” “Better,” or “Best”?
Short Answer: The better you get, the better you’ll understand in noisy situations.
Why: The more adjustments we clinicians have to work with in the programming of hearing aids, the more accurately we can fine tune them, and the better we can get you hearing in a variety of situations. The fewer adjustment that the hearing aids’ software provides us, the less “flexibility” they’ll have to adjust in acoustically complicated situations, especially noisy environments.
More detail: Generally speaking, the technology level of a hearing aid is measured in the number of adjustment bands it has, as well as other adjustable features. An older or very basic-level hearing aid may have as few as just 2 bands, which may correspond to just treble and bass, for example; whereas a higher-end device might have 24 bands. (Our most basic NoBull hearing aids have 8 bands; our most advanced has 24.)
In addition to bands, the more advanced devices have a variety of features – Including everything from Speech in Noise (SPiN) Noise Reduction, Wind Noise Reduction and Soft Noise Reduction (for reducing noises like refrigerator motor hums or computer fans running), to Phoneme Focus versus Envelope Focus for automated artificial intelligence (AI) focus on certain parts of speech. Again, the more tools we professionals have to use, the more accurately we can tune your devices to meet the demands of your particular lifestyle.
The One You Need? The one that has the functions to enhance the most important parts of your lifestyle. If all you do is sit at home watching news all day, then you just need a basic pair of hearing aids that help amplify talking heads on TV. Now, if you want true listening fidelity for action movies with lots of explosions in the background while characters are talking, that requires more focusing capability on the part of the hearing aids. More to the point, if you work full time and frequently attend busy meetings with multiple people; or really want to be able to enjoy conversations in a noisy church fellowship hall, you will definitely prefer the noise-reduction capabilities of our best devices.
Again, it really comes down to your lifestyle. And remember that you get what you pay for. And with us, no BS.