Hearing aids are classified based on their features and capabilities. The higher the technology level, the better they perform in difficult listening situations.
There are typically three levels of hearing aid technology:
- Essential: Basic hearing aids are the most affordable option and offer essential hearing assistance. They may be a good choice for people who live in quiet environments.
- Standard: Standard hearing aids offer more advanced features and performance than basic hearing aids. They may be a good choice for people living in quiet and noisy environments.
- Premium: Premium hearing aids offer the most advanced features and performance available. They may be a good choice for people who live in challenging listening environments, such as crowded restaurants or noisy offices.
The specific features and capabilities available at each technology level vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. However, some standard features that are available at higher technology levels include:
- Automatic noise cancellation: This feature helps reduce background noise so you can hear speech more clearly.
- Directional microphones: These microphones help to focus on the sound source so that you can hear people talking directly to you, even in noisy environments.
- Wind noise reduction: This feature helps to reduce wind noise so that you can hear speech more clearly outdoors.
- Rechargeable batteries: This feature allows you to use your hearing aids for extended periods without changing the batteries.
When choosing a hearing aid, it is essential to consider your individual needs and lifestyle.
Talking to your hearing healthcare professional about the different technology levels and features available is essential. They can help you choose the hearing aid that is right for you.
NALguide has been designed to support people in exploring the hearing aid features that could be used for their listening needs and discussing them with their families and clinician. Clinicians can refer to this guide to better support the early stages of the client’s journey and when reviewing hearing goals and new technologies.
A wide range of hearing aid features has been broken down into six categories based on everyday listening needs.
This NAL research project was funded by the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care and done in collaboration
with the Deafness Forum Australia and the Hearing Aid Manufacturers and Distributors Association of Australia (HAMADAA).