How to Deal with Hearing Loss During the Holiday Season

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Carson Hearing Care explains how modern hearing aids help patients understand speech and block out background noise in a recently published article.

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The holiday season can be especially challenging for those with hearing loss. Large gatherings and loud noise create an amalgamation of sound that’s difficult to decipher, making it nearly impossible to focus on any one conversation or person.

However, according to Carson Hearing Care, modern hearing aids are designed specifically to deal with this type of problem. Specifically, modern digital hearing aids have two features that enable those with hearing loss to participate in and enjoy the holiday festivities.

The first feature is background noise reduction. For those with hearing loss, speech becomes drowned-out in noisy environments from the presence of background noise. And older analog hearing aids were not much help—they amplified all sound indiscriminately and speech didn’t come through any clearer.

What is needed is the ability to distinguish important sounds—such as the human voice and speech—from the unimportant background noise, music, and chatter. Digital hearing aids, by converting sound and frequency into digital information, can distinguish between sounds, amplifying the important sounds while actively suppressing the others.

The second feature is speech recognition, which works together with background noise reduction functionality. Speech is typically in the high-frequency range, while background noise is in the low-frequency range, making it easy for the digital processor to differentiate between the two. Modern hearing aids also include directional microphones that focus on the closest sound source, such as a conversation partner.

For more information on digital hearing aids and access to the full article, visit How Modern Hearing Aids Can Save Your Holiday Season.

About Carson Hearing Care

Carson Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice located in Fort Worth, Texas. The practice offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.

Robin Carson, Au.D.
Carson Hearing Care

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