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Digital hearing aids

Digital hearing aids are essentially smart minicomputers in your ear. They offer an improved hearing experience by automatically adjusting to the sound environment around you. The settings can be personalized, and they can connect to other digital devices.

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6 benefits of modern digital hearing aids

1. Digital hearing aids are fitted to your specific hearing needs
2. Digital hearing aids adjust automatically to your listening situation
3. Your digital hearing aids can connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth® devices
4. Some digital hearing aids are available in small, discreet styles
5. Digital hearing aids are capable of improving speech understanding
6. The price of a digital hearing aid at HearingLife includes a wide range of AfterCare services

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Digital vs. analog hearing aids

Analog hearing aids simply amplify the sounds around you while digital hearing aids convert the sound waves into digital signals. 

Digital hearing aids are usually fitted and fine-tuned by a hearing care expert. These modern hearing aids can also be programmed to adjust automatically to the sound environment (unlike analog hearing aids).

As technological advancements increase, the capabilities of the latest digital hearing aids are phenomenal.

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Popular features in digital hearing aids

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360-degree sound experience
One of the latest technological advancements in digital hearing aids, this feature can give you access to the relevant sounds around you (including speech). This benefit puts you in charge of which sounds you want to focus on.
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BrainHearing™  technology
The latest digital hearing aids from Oticon support the brain’s natural process of making sense of sound by allowing the brain to hear in the most natural way possible.

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Feedback reduction
Digital hearing aids can stop this annoying whistling sound before it occurs so that there is no potential feedback
that can interrupt speech understanding and communication.
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Tinnitus support
The tinnitus masking feature in digital hearing aids offers a wide range of customizable tinnitus relief sounds that are dynamic, yet soothing.
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Bluetooth®  connectivity
Many digital hearing aids can easily be connected to all your favorite devices, allowing your hearing aids to be used as wireless headphones.
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Rechargeable batteries
Many digital hearing aids have built-in batteries that do not need to be replaced regularly (as disposable batteries do). Simply charge your hearing aids in the charging station overnight.

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Hearing aid finder: See what type suits you

Take 1 minute to find out what hearing aid model suits your preferences.

What is your level or hearing loss?
What is your level or hearing loss?
What is more important for you in a hearing aid?
What is your preferred type of battery?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid type would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE R

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid type would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE R

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid types would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE
  • BTE Plus/Ultra Power
  • In-the-canal (ITC)

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid types would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE
  • BTE Plus/Ultra Power

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid type would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE R

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid type would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE R

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

Would you like to visit us for your risk-free trial?

Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid types would suit your needs:

  • miniRITE
  • Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)
  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)
  • In-the-canal (ITC))

*The result of the quiz may only be used for guidance and is not meant to replace a more accurate measurement of your hearing abilities and needs by one of our hearing care experts.

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Your result

Based on your answers the following hearing aid types would suit your needs:

  • Half shell / full shell
  • miniRITE

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How do digital hearing aids work?

Modern, digital hearing aids work by amplifying sound via a three-component system:

  1. Microphone – Receives the sound waves and converts them into electrical signals
  2. Amplifier – Increases the strength of the sound signals and sends them to the ear 
  3. Receiver/speaker - Converts the amplified electrical signal into sound and delivers it into the ear canal

Digital hearing aids automatically adjust the volume and listening programs based on the environment.

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Leslie Soiles, Chief Audiologist
Dr. Leslie Soiles

Au.D., Doctor of Audiology
Lic. #364, Chief Audiologist, HearingLife

Dr. Leslie Soiles founded HearingLife's Shrewsbury's office (formerly New England Hearing Instruments) in 1996. As a Doctor of Audiology, she has worked with Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians for the first 20 years of her career.

Dr. Soiles serves as Chief Audiologist for HearingLife. Click here to read her complete bio and learn more about her education and background.