What settings are available on electric hearing aids?

What settings are available on electric hearing aids?


Electric hearing aids have come a long way in the last hundred years, and with the technological revolution of the 21st century, these devices have changed quite dramatically from analogue to digital.


While analogue hearing aids were designed to amplify all sound equally and featured basic volume control functionality, digital hearing aids are programmed to accommodate different users in any type of environment. Digital hearing aids can even help users while talking on the phone, let’s take a look at a few of the other settings you could program into your electric hearing aids.



Volume control

The main features in every hearing aid are the normal/quiet and noisy/loud settings. Both these programs are set based on the specific user’s audiogram; while the normal setting enhances an individual’s hearing in their everyday life, the noisy setting can be adjusted to do the opposite.

With the use of directional microphones, the loud setting helps a person comfortably focus their hearing on sounds coming from ahead of them while softening the background noise coming from behind.



Music setting

The music setting is an optional feature to include in a digital hearing aid – it allows an individual to hear music at its clearest quality. This setting prevents the hearing aid from blocking or softening out any loud and sharp sounds, allowing the user to hear the music clearly and holistically.



T-coil setting

Another optional feature, the t-coil setting is rare in digital hearing aids and modern telephones. Using small t-coils as an antenna, hearing aids are able to link to telephones, PA systems and some sound systems to enhance the user’s hearing. T-coils were originally designed to be used to improve hearing over the phone and have become redundant with the rise of Bluetooth in hearing aids.



Bluetooth setting

The Bluetooth setting allows a user to link any Bluetooth compatible device to their hearing aid, making it easier for the user to talk on the phone, as well as hear sounds and music coming from their devices with more clarity.




There are several settings that you can use on hearing aids, giving users more options to enhance their hearing in different environments, no matter how loud or quiet they are. If you’d like to learn more about what you can do with your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’re always happy to help!

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